The Muslim faithful all around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha recently, also known as the feast of sacrifice.
Eid al-Adha marks the time God appeared to Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians) in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. Ibraham attempted to do so before God stopped him and gave him a sheep to use in his son’s place.
It is the second major holiday of the Islamic faith where Muslims who can afford to slaughter an animal do so and share with the less fortunate.
The celebrations will start with morning prayers and then exchange of gifts with family and friends.
The holiday officially began on Monday and traditionally lasts for four days. Public holidays vary around the world with the Arab nations choosing to observe a nine-day holiday.
The capital of Bangladesh has however experienced an unexpected twist after the celebrations left the streets flowing with blood red water.
Due to poor drainage systems, water logging and heavy rainfall, the flood has mixed with the blood and animal waste creating a dreadful scene. Roads in many parts of the city are submerged in blood as people walked around in ankle deep waters.
These obscene scenes are said to occur almost every year because sacrifices are preferred to be made on the road. The monsoon rains this year have however put the city’s problems to light for the world to see.
River of blood runs wild in Dhaka, Bangladesh after the celebratory sacrifice of animals this Eid meets some rain. pic.twitter.com/2hklcJQisc
— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) September 14, 2016
City Officials said they created designated areas where the animals were meant to be slaughtered to avoid these problems.
Dhaka residents however complained that there was no awareness made for the public to know the areas. Other residents complained that the heavy rainfall did not permit them to access those sites.
Thousands of people are said to die every year in Dhaka due to water-borne related diseases.