The streets of Bangladesh’s capital city turned into rivers of blood during the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice this week. Authorities in Dhaka had prearranged areas where residents could perform animal sacrifices that are part of the Islamic festival.
Heavy rains force Muslims to go to garages, alleyway, and car parks instead. When the animals were sacrificed, the blood flowed into the streets and in combination with all the rain, the streets turned red.
Rivers of blood. People can be seen wading in the red waters. Flooding in Dhaka is common. The city is home to more than 10 million people, and the drainage systems are insufficient.
The meat from the sacrificed animal is distributed to family and friends. It is also given to poor people as a gesture of generosity. It is supposed to promote social harmony.
Eid al-Adha, according to CNN commemorates when God appeared to Abraham (known as Ibrahim to Muslims). In a dream, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. Just before Abraham carried out God’s request, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead.
Today, Muslim families sacrifice a goat, sheep, or cow to commemorate God’s test. Eid al-Adha is the second largest holiday in the Muslim calendar. Images of the rivers of blood sparked outrage on social media.
Some people complained that the ritual was barbaric, and other complaints were lodged against the poor drainage in the capital city. The waters have since receded, but the area is littered with animal entrails.