Bangladesh will celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha on Sep 25, as the first moon of Zil Hajj was not sighted on Monday.
Islamic Foundation Director General Shamim Mohammad Afzal made the announcement at a press briefing in the evening after a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee.
According to the Islamic calendar, the second of the two biggest festivals of the Muslims is always celebrated on the 10th day of the month Zil Hajj.
“Zil Hajj will start from Wednesday as the moon was not sighted today,” Afzal said. “The Eid-ul-Azha falls on Sep 25.”
Muslims sacrifice animals on Eid-ul-Azha to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son at Allah’s command.
This year, cattle and meat prices in Bangladesh went up after India decided to plug cattle smuggling.
An estimated two million cows are smuggled from India to Bangladesh each year.
But cattle traders and government officials said the Indian move would not significantly impact local markets during the Eid, when the demand for sacrificial animals runs high.
Source: Bd news24