The Eid-ul-Azha is only a day away. The city people are rushing to their village homes to celebrate the festival with their kith and kin. The Eid will be celebrated across the country on October 6 (Monday).
Dhaka is going to wear a deserted look for at least two weeks, giving a better breathing space for the people observing the rituals in the capital.
Bus terminals and railway stations have been teeming with home-bound passengers as the city dwellers, especially service holders, started leaving the capital from Thursday morning.
City launch terminal at Sadarghat and the bus terminals at Gabtali, Sayedabad and Mohakhali were seen crowded with homebound passengers even on Friday. Well-off people were found leaving the capital in their own vehicles or by hiring taxicab and microbus.
Hasan Jabed, an official of Rajdhani Unnyan Kartipakkha (RAJUK) will go to Syedpur of Nilphamari district. While waiting at a bus counter at Kalyanpur in the city for a ride he said, "I have to go to my village to see relatives and visit the graveyard where my father and some other ancestors are lying."
"This is an opportunity to see all my relatives and friends who will come home for the holidays," he told The Daily Observer.
"I'm going home to observe the Eid with my parents and family members," Morzina Begum, an NGO activist, said.
"So most people take this opportunity to return to their birthplaces during Eid ul-Azha," said Abdul Mannan at Gabtoli adding, "Everybody wishes to see and stay in his or her birthplace, but? this is not always possible."
Those who could not go to their village homes during the Eid-ul-Fitr about two months back are unwilling to miss this vacation period. Many passengers, who failed to get tickets of various modes of transport, and others wishing to save some money, will travel by public transports involving break of journey.
The rush of homebound city dwellers will continue today (Saturday) while street hawkers, traders and employees of shopping malls, markets and big shops will start leaving the capital Sunday afternoon.
UNB adds: Contacted, Deputy Commissioner (Media) of DMP Masudur Rahman said some 45-50 lakh people already left Dhaka till 4 pm on Friday while more 10 lakh people are expected to leave the city by Sunday night.
He said the DMP has taken allout security preparations so that no untoward incidents take place at the city launch/bus terminals --Sadarghat, Gabtali, Sayedabad and Mohakhali -- and Kamalapur railway station.
DC Masud said no major incidents of crime, including mugging, were reported in the city during the last week centering eid shopping and also in the city launch/bus terminals and railway station.
He said the DMP has already taken special security measures as during the eid vacation, around 10 lakh houses, financial institutions, shopping malls and other business establishments.