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Millions of Bangladeshis return home for Muslim holiday; at least 15 killed in accidents

Millions of Bangladeshis return home for Muslim holiday; at least 15 killed in accidents

Millions of Bangladeshis packed buses, trains and river ferries over the weekend as they returned to their villages to celebrate one of Islam's most important holidays that begins Monday.
Road accidents on clogged highways have killed at least a dozen people across Bangladesh since late Thursday when the holiday exodus began, the United News of Bangladesh said. The weekend falls on Friday and Saturday in the Muslim-majority country.
On Friday, three passengers died and two others were missing in a river after a ferry hit another in thick fog in southern Bhola district, 105 kilometers (65 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, the news agency said.
Most schools, government and private offices and banks will be closed for five days until Wednesday.
But the holiday was partially canceled for officials at the Election Commission, who were busy processing candidates seeking to contest the Jan. 22 national elections.
On Sunday, the commission was reviewing appeals filed by prospective candidates who were deemed ineligible to run for parliament by local administrators, election official Abdur Rashid Sarkar said.
The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. Muslims who can afford it sacrifice mostly cows or goats and distribute the meat among family, neighbors and the poor.


Updated : 2021-02-27 07:14 GMT+08:00