Dhaka streets turn red after animal sacrifices
Dhaka: News reports suggest that large scale animal sacrifices on the occasion of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha coupled with heavy rains have turned roads of Dhaka into rivers of blood.
Authorities in Dhaka have designated several places in the city where residents could slaughter animals, but heavy downpours forced people to carryout animal sacrifices at the place of their choice, mostly near their homes on Tuesday.
Dhaka residents used parking lots, garages and alleys to kill the animals and the blood flowed into the flooded streets, turning them into rivers of blood.
Muslims traditionally mark Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, by slaughtering livestock. Usually a goat, sheep or a cow is killed to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith.
The meat from the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy as a gesture of generosity to promote social harmony.
During heavy rains, flooding is common in Dhaka, an overcrowded city of more than 10 million people, because of poor drainage systems and unplanned urban growth.