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Heavy Rains, Animal Sacrifice in Bangladesh Turn Streets Into River of Blood

Sep 17, 2016 04:00 AM EDT
Preparations Begin For Eid Al-Adha Festival In Bangladesh
Eid Al-Adha, known as the 'Feast of the Sacrifice', is one of the most significant festivals on the Muslim calendar. The holiday marks the end of the Haji Pilgrimage and serves as day to remember the Islamic profit Ibrahim, and his willingness to sacrifice his son to God. On this day, Muslims in countries around the world start the day with prayer and spend time with family, offer gifts and often give to charity. It is customary for Muslims family to honour Allah by sacrificing a sheep or goat and sharing the meat amongst family members.
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Animal sacrifice has always been an observed practice of Muslims during their celebration of Eid al-Adha. However, the sacred tradition of the festival has turned into something like one of Quentin Tarantino's film when combined with continuous rain and not so good drainage system.

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims in Bangladesh slaughtered animals to commemorate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, but the celebration turned into a gruesome sight when the streets in Bangladesh turned into a river of blood.

According to the report from CNN, the grotesque sight in Bangladesh was due to the heavy rains, which started in the morning of the celebration and continued until the evening. The problematic drainage system in Dhaka was also one of the main factors in the blood bath that covered the city.

New York Daily News reported that authorities in Dhaka have assigned 1,000 areas where residents could perform animal sacrifices. However, the heavy rains made it harder for residents to go to the designated places. As a result, many of the locals butchered the animals in front of their homes, in the streets and other nearby places.

The emergence of the river of blood in the city streets showed Dhaka's poor drainage system, which, as it turns out, has been a longstanding problem in the city that has caused excessive flooding. Additionally, the residents also blame the authorities for their lack of campaign to inform the people of the designated animal sacrifice areas.

"Last year the city corporations launched a mass campaign to encourage people to use the designated spots and that caught our eyes," Tareq Ahmed, a resident of Shyamoli, told Dhaka Tribune. "I went to a spot in Mohammadpur last year, but this year, I don't even know where the spots actually are,"

Eid al-Adha is considered to be the holier of the two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide every year, next to the conclusion of Ramadan. During the celebration, Muslims sacrifice a goat, cow or sheep and share the meat to their families, relatives and the poor.

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