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    Posted August 4, 2013 by
    aadnan
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    Chittagong, Bangladesh
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This beautiful series of photographs of the passengers travelling from Chittagong Railway Station to the Bangladeshi countryside was taken by a 24-year-old doctor called Ata Mohammad Adnan from Chittagong, the country’s second largest city.

    In Bangladesh it is common for the city folks to return home to their villages in the days leading up to Eid to avoid the last-minute rush.

    “If Eid happens to be on a Friday, I will consider myself lucky since I have my day off from the hospital. If that’s the case, I will get to spend it with my extended family including my young cousins. But if it’s on Saturday I will have to sacrifice my day by being at the hospital. I guess, as a doctor, one can't complain about such situations but rather take up responsibility,” he said.

    “The true happiness of Eid is slowly disappearing as I grow older. From my years of receiving gifts from elders, I will need to step up to give gifts to my younger cousins and relatives. Hopefully, giving will be equally fulfilling as receiving gifts during my childhood years,” he added.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    Eid-ul-Fitr is an annual celebration of the muslim community, and the people of Bangladesh prefer to celebrate the event with their close family at their hometown or village.

    Railways prove to be a popular form of transport, but the number of seats available don't do justice to the number of prospective passengers.

    There is still a week or so left for Eid, but people have already started to move to avoid the rush at the very end. I decided to photograph the events from such an earlier phase since I thought it would give me a complete picture. The journey they are making is of great significance because I beleive the journeys that take you home are always the most meaningful.

    Its a great occasion, and somehow tells us how big a fraction of the city people are actually from outside the city, people who are part of the definition of city and how their roots are far away from it.
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