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Merry tryst with tradition for young & old

Around 600 people from in and around Salt Lake gathered at Nazrul Park to observe Id ul Zoha. The namaaz started at 8am and was conducted by Moulana Khurshid Alam, the Imam of Canning mosque. As is the practice for the past two years, a separate enclosure was set up for women who came to offer prayers. Around 25 women attended the Id prayer.

Kajari Sultana, a student of Holy Child Institute for Girls, had come with her father Kajal Seikh. This was the first time that she was offering prayers in the open with others. “I really wanted to come,” said the shy girl. “She forced me to bring her here,” said Seikh, smiling at his daughter. “I too thought I should as she would be able to learn the various customs related to our religion, like how to offer namaaz,” added the resident of Baisakhi Abasan.

For Mahmudul Alam Chowdhury, a high school student, the experience was not a novelty but the trip held a different attraction. “Abba has always made it a point to bring us here. It is a point where we meet old friends,” smiled the Class XI student of St. James School. Mahmudul had come all the way from Kankurgachhi. Minister H.A. Safwi, artiste Isha Mohammed and former Nabadiganta chief S.A. Ahmed were among the familiar faces in the gathering.