Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, is slated to be celebrated tomorrow (Monday) across the country.
However, people of some places in Chandpur, Munshiganj, Satkhira, Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola, Jhalakati and Borguna districts have already celebrated the day of sacrificing animals on Saturday in line with Saudi Arabia.
Most of the Dhaka dwellers have already reached their homes amid tailback because of derelict roads, influx of unfit vehicles and scattered cattle markets. Those who want to evade rush of people heading home have chosen Sunday, the day before Eid, for departure.
Such departure from the capital, however, makes room for some preferring staying here to move without facing any gridlock for at least a few days. However, commuters will have to spend more as rickshaw-pullers charge extra fare cashing on the scarcity of buses during the period.
Ratul Ahmed, a commuter from Hazipara, told the Daily Observer: "The bus companies have already reduced buses as people left for home for which we have to wait for long time to board on a bus. Exploiting the scope, rickshaw-pullers charge double the normal fare."
Meanwhile, the Dhaka-Tangail highway witnessed a 25-kilometre gridlock Saturday, which mounted sufferings of holiday-makers of the northern region.
Pointing at the rush of home-bound people and movement of the trucks laden with cattle for such gridlock, police said a number of accidents occurred on this highway since Friday.
"The accidents occurred at Mirzapur, Narinda areas of Tangail and Kadda of Sirajganj," said Sanjit Kumar Roy, assistant superintendent of police in Gazipur.
Sergeant Kanruzzaman Raj of the Elenga Highway Police Outpost in Tangail said removal of broken vehicles took time leading to a severe traffic jam.
On the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, movement of vehicles slowed down, as the work on converting the highway to a four-lane one goes on, said Sanowar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Mawna Highway Police Station.
Meanwhile, residents of 40 villages in Haziganj, Faridganj, Matlab North, Shahrasti and Kochua upazilas in Chandpur district
celebrated Eid-ul Azha in conformity with the Saudi people. Also, six villages in Sapleza union under Mothbaria upazila in Pirojpur district celebrated the festival on Saturday.
"The villagers of Purba Sapleza, Bhaijora, Kachubaria, Khetachhira, Badurtari and Charakgachhia have been celebrating Eid in line with Saudi Arabia for the last few years," Sapleza UP Chairman Jahangir Alam told the Daily Observer.
In Chittagong, devotees of Barabkunda and Banshbaria unions in Sitakunda upazila offered Eid prayers at Jahangiria Jam-e-Mosque of Rahmaterpara village at 9am on Saturday, while residents of 60 villages in Patiya offered EId prayers on the premises of Jahangiria Shah Sufi Mamtazia Darbar Sharif.
In Satkhira, Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated at 10 villages in Sadar, Tala, Kalaroa and Ashashuni upazilas. The Eid Jamaat was held at Shaheed Abdur Razzaque Poura auditorium in the morning.
In Bhola, residents of four villages in Borhanuddin upazila, three in Tajumuddin, two in Lalmohon and one village in Charfashion upazila celebrated the Eid-ul-Azha.