- Posted August 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your favorite Eid traditions
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
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.