The festival of Eid-ul-Azha unites Muslims around the world in marking the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
We hope all Bangladeshis can take forward the spirit of compassion and community that it represents.
As an occasion for thanksgiving celebrated with the sacrificing of animals, it reminds believers of the value of sharing and the duty to show solidarity with the less fortunate in their daily lives.
While we take advantage of the welcome break in routine, we should remember the ongoing need to help more people work their way out of poverty and improve social welfare.
Although Bangladesh’s people have made many strides forward in development, there is still a long way to go before everybody in the nation can share in the benefits of a growing economy.
This year’s joint study by Unicef and the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics reported over 5 million children between the ages of five and 17 years, engaged in child labour, of whom at least 2 million are actively involved in hazardous work.
When thinking of the less fortunate, we should all ask the government to redouble implementation of the 2011 National Child Labour Elimination Policy so that in future Eid festivals, all children in our nation will be ensured proper access to education and a supportive start in life.
The forthcoming holiday is also a time for family and relaxation, as well as special prayers and get-togethers.
In uniting to celebrate this cultural landmark, all people in Bangladesh can resolve to take forward the spirit of giving and generosity that the festival inspires.
We hope everyone has a enjoyable and fulfilling
Source: Dhaka Tribune