Bangladeshi authorities have announced a three-day public holiday for Eid al-Adha that will begin Friday, July 31, and last through Sunday, August 2. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recommended imposing travel restrictions on travel from four districts, Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur, and Chattogram, to other areas during the holiday. In addition, they have called on citizens to respect measures currently in place to curb the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), such as the mandatory use of face masks in public spaces.
Significant disruption to public sector services should be expected throughout the celebrations.
Eid al-Adha is one of the most widely observed holidays in Islam and coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. According to Islamic customs, worshippers usually slaughter a sheep or goat to share the meat with their family and neighbors.
Individuals in Bangladesh are advised to adhere to local cultural customs, allow for additional travel time, remain vigilant, avoid large public gatherings, and obey all local regulations. Continue to follow official directives surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and measures at all times. Anticipated disruptions to business and transport throughout the celebration period.
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