All roads lead to root
Calmness descends on Dhaka
Dhaka is going to sport a deserted look when Eid holidaymakers, in huge numbers, embark on trips to native villages from Wednesday, three days before Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims.
People from all walks of life, mostly employees of government and private organisations, have started to leave Dhaka for their ancestral village homes to celebrate the mega festival with their near and dear ones.
The government has announced Eid holidays from Friday to Monday with its offices reopening on Tuesday.
Today will be the last working day before the onset of Eid vacation and thousands of people would hit the road after work in the afternoon. The rush is likely to continue for the next day and even on Eid day.
Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the country either on 16 June or 17 June subject to the sighting of the Shawwal moon.
Around nine million people are expected to leave the city for enjoying Eid at their village homes. They will travel by trains, buses and launches until Friday to reach their destinations.
The public transport vehicles are fewer on roads. Bus terminals and railway stations see relatively thin crowds as the Eid holidaymakers made a mad rush for native lands a day or two ago. The final rush for transports will be seen on the last working day at government and most private offices ahead of the religious festival.
The police have deployed additional personnel at bus, launch terminals and railway station to avert any untoward incidents like doping and snatching. The people bound for hometowns to celebrate Eid with families complained they’re made to pay extra for boarding private buses.
They also regretted overloading of intra-city public transport vehicles. At different bus terminals of the city, most home-bound Eid holidaymakers said they wanted to reach native towns without trouble and therefore they had no choice but to pay inflated fare.
Some protested the transporters overcharging them and thus causing heated exchanges.
Many commuters travelled on train and bus roofs due to unavailability of seats. There were also complaints about lack of sitting arrangements at bus terminals.
The rush for home only proves that the pull of the umbilical cord is strong in every individual. This has almost become like a ritual that no one wants to miss for anything. The painful journey people undertake strengthens the family bonding every year.