Bangladesh Muslims to celebrate Eid

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DHAKA, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh Muslims on Aug. 12 will celebrate Eid-al-Adha, the festival of animal sacrifice that marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The country's National Moon Sighting Committee made the announcement as the moon for the Islamic month Zilhaj was sighted here Friday.

The festival is celebrated on the 10th day of the 12th and final month in the Islamic lunar calendar after holy Hajj.

It also occurs approximately two months and 10 days after Eid-al-Fitr, another biggest religious festival.

After Eid prayers, on that day Muslims sacrifice animals such as sheep, cows, goats and camels in the name of Allah almighty.

Ahead of the Eid, millions of Dhaka dwellers are expected to leave the capital city for their home villages where they will celebrate the festival with their families and kin.

Every Muslim who has financial means sacrifices animals and distributes the meat to family members and the poor.

Millions of Muslims and non-Muslim poor people in Bangladesh, who cannot afford to buy meat even once in a year, get a chance of eating meat up to satisfaction as rich people will distribute much meat of their sacrificial animals among their poor neighbors and relatives.