100 Villages Celebrate Eid
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Over a 100 villages of Madaripur, Shariatpur and Bhola are celebrating Eid earlier than the rest of the country.

Around 52,000 people of these villages are celebrating Eid a day or two ahead of when it is likely to fall in Bangladesh claiming to follow Saudi Arabia although Islam's birthplace is expected to celebrate it tomorrow.

These villagers have been observing Eid day following the Saudi schedule for 135 years. They typically celebrate Eid a day ahead of the rest of the country.

In fact, the followers of Shah Sureswari, founder of Shariatpur Sureswar Dayra Shareef, typically begin their festivities earlier than the rest of the people in Bangladesh.

The current 'Peer' of Sureswari, Syed Shah sufi Belal Noori al Sureswari said that the new moon had begun at 4:58am on Thursday and thus it was time for Eid. "And we celebrated it accordingly."

He said this was how his followers have been celebrating Eid for long. Implicitly admitting that it did not coincide with Islam's birthplace, he said, "Most of the time it coincides with that of Saudi Arabia."

Followers of Chittagong's Satkania and Bhandari Shareef Peer also observe Eid in the same manner.

bdnews24.com's Madaripur correspondent reports that around 50,000 people from 20 villages of Madaripur are celebrating Eid on Thursday.

He added that seven Eid congregations were held at several grounds of the district and around 10,000 devotees attended the congregations.

The district's Sadar Upazila's Panckhola union parisad (UP) chairman Abdus Sattar said, "The largest Eid congregation of the area held at 10am at Charkalikapur Primary School ground. Around 5,000 devotees attended the congregation."

A sizeable section of Bhola and Shariatpur presented the same picture. One Majnu Mia named a number of villages of Bhola where the people start fasting one day earlier and observe Eid accordingly.

Bhola Deputy Commissioner Mesbahul Islam claimed that he was not aware of the early celebrations.

Police superintendent Bashir Ahmed said, "It is a matter of religious consciousness. Different people celebrate religious events in different ways. We can neither inhibit them nor inspire them."

Source: bdnews24.com

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