Bangladesh’s Eid holidaymakers start returning to work

With the Eid vacation drawing an end on Sunday, Dhaka residents have started coming back to the capital after celebrating the Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones at village homes.

Different bus and launch terminals as well as railway stations witnessed crowd of people who are coming back to Dhaka from their hometowns but the pressure of the passenger is still low.

Zabed Chowdhury, who was returning from Khulna to Dhaka, told UNB that it took less time to reach Dhaka as the highways were relatively free from heavy traffic pressure.

“There was no traffic jam in the route, even the roads of Dhaka are still empty”, he added.

As this year, the Eid holidays coincided with weekly public holidays (Friday and Saturday), most people got just a three-day vacation while some managed extending it through seeking additional leaves from respective offices.

Office-goers started attending offices – both in public and most private institutions – though thin in numbers with Dhaka still to get back to its usual hustling and bustling and traffic-choked roads.People were seen exchanging Eid greetings on the first working day after the vacation.

As many are still in holiday mood the city looked free from traffic snarl-ups two days after Eid on Monday and those who chose not going to village homes for Eid celebration had a few days of respite from the usual Dhaka crowd, noise, car honking and pollution.

Fahad Fahim from Mohammadpur enjoyed the short vacation of only three days by roaming around the city with his friends.

“We get the chance to enjoy the crowd-free and traffic-free Dhaka only during the Eid holidays. So we decided to celebrate the festival visiting different places of the city”, he said.

On the other hand, the Dhaka is expected to gain its old form from Tuesday while the pressure of the passengers returning back to Dhaka is expected to start mounting from Monday night.