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Sunday, 23 March 2008

The main Muslim festivals are Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha. From time to time folk culture has influenced these festivals, as a result of which the original religious practices have changed. Eid-ul-Fitr is observed after the end of the month of Ramadan.

Eid is a day of joy and merriment for children
Eid is a day of joy and merriment for children
Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated in Bangladesh with great devotion. Everyone tries to dress well and prepares special dishes according to their ability on this day. Relatives and neighbours also share the joys of this festival with each other.

Eid fairs are organized at many rural places. These fairs are basically gatherings that promote friendship among the rural people. The fairs are arranged on the bank of a nearby river or under a big banyan tree near the local bazar. Handicraft items and foodstuffs such as chira, muri, khai, manda and sweets are sold in the fairs. Nakshi pankha, dolls, decorated pottery as well as musical instruments such as flute, drum, ektara are also sold. Some fairs have merry-go-rounds, puppet shows and bioscopes. In some areas of riverine Bangladesh, boat races are organized.

The main feature of Eid-ul-Azha is the sacrifice of animals, especially cows and oxen. Many people in the villages sacrifice domestically raised cows or goats. The majority of the professionals in towns sacrifice cows on a share basis. The well to do sacrifice cows or goats or both animals on their own.

Eid for the common people means meeting family members and friends, buying new clothes and preparing delicious food on the Eid day.

 
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