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Holy Shab-e-Barat celebrated

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Chittagong Bureau :
The holy Shab-e-Barat, known as the night of fortune,  observed in the port city as elsewhere  in the district   on Thursday  night with due religious fervour and devotion.
The Muslim devotees  spend the night at mosques, shrines  and homes offering prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and seeking blessings to Allah for long life, peace, progress and happiness for themselves, their families, relatives and friends as well as the nation and the Muslim Ummah. Muslims consider Shab-e-Barat as one of three most sacred nights and
believe that on this night Almighty Allah decides the fate of all human beings fixing their 'rizq' (livelihood) for the next year.
On the night, the devotees  in the port city  visited  graves and pray for their beloved ones seeking their eternal peace. Many will also visit mazars, shrines of saints all over the country.
Affluents of the society   prepared  traditional foods like handmade rice -bread with beef and halua both at rural and urban areas  on the occasion.
A good number of Muslims will observe fast on the following day. They  distributed  food and sweets among the neighbours and the poor. Besides, foods and money will be distributed among the destitute on the occasion.
To mark the holy occasion, the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh (IFB) , chittagong, Anjumane Rahmania , Chittagong  , Baitus Sharaf,  Anderkilla Shahi Jame Mosque, have chalked out nightlong elaborate holy Day.
 The govt buildings like court building, Nagar bhaban , Bandar Bhaban, CRB Building,  and  mosques , private buildings have been eliminated on the occasion  on Thursday night. Special foods  in hospitals and Chittagong jail were served i. n that  night The day after today will be the govt  holiday for the Shab-e-Barat. Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, Chittagong centre  and other  private television channels and radio stations  aired   special programmes on the occasion.

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