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Friday, July 17, 2015, Shraban 2, 1422 BS, Ramadan 29, 1436 Hijr

Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday, if moon sighted today
Staff Correspondent
Published :Friday, 17 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 2
The holy Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims ending the Ramadan fasting, will be celebrated across the country on Saturday, if the Shawal moon is sighted today (Friday).
The National Moon Sighting Committee, led by Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman, will hold a meeting today after iftar and Maghrib prayer to decide on the appearance of the Shawal moon appearance after reviewing reports from different parts of the country.
The meeting would be held at the Islamic Foundation conference room at Baitul Muqarram National Mosque. Religious Affairs Secretary, Director General of Islamic Foundation Sameem M Afzal and Baitul Muqarram Khatib Maolana M Salauddin and other relevant officials will attend the meeting.
The meeting will analyze the reports that would be collected from 64 district offices of Islamic Foundation and Bangladesh Metrological Department (BMD). Analyzing the report, the meeting will then determine the date of beginning of the month of Shawal and Eid.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have already greeted the countrymen and the Muslims across the world on the occasion of Eid-ul Fitr by giving separate statements in different media.
In their messages, they wished peace, progress and prosperity for all.
Meanwhile, all preparations for holding the Eid congregations have already been completed across the country.
Three-day public holiday has begun from today (Friday) on the occasion of the Eid.
The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the Eid with due respect and in a smooth manner.
National flags will be hoisted at government, autonomous and non-government offices and other important establishments.
National flags and flags inscribed with "Eid Mubarak' will be installed at important road islands and light posts in Dhaka city.
Besides, designated government offices and other establishments would be illuminated on the night following the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private television channels will air special programmes and newspapers will publish supplements on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. On the occasion improved diets will be served in hospitals, jails and orphanages.
The day will be observed in Bangladesh missions abroad too in a befitting manner.
The main Eid congregation in the capital will be held at the National Eidgah, adjacent to the premises of the Supreme Court, at 8:30am.
Five Eid jamaats will be held at the Baitul Muqarram at 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am and 10:45 am.
Law enforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police, will ensure security in and around the main Eid congregation. They have already taken tough security measures in this connection.
Dhaka North and South City corporations will arrange 379 more Eid congregations between 7 am and 11 am in the city.
Two Eid congregations will be held at Dhaka University Central Mosque and one at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 8:00am.
The country's largest Eid congregation will be held at Sholakia in Kishorganj. All preparations have been completed for Eid jamaat there.
Divisional, district and upazila administrations and local government bodies have taken preparations in their respective areas to observe the Eid-ul-Fitr.
The law enforcers have taken tight security measures across the country marking the Eid festival.

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