- Dhaka’s street turns into rivers of blood after animal sacrifices, which are part of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, coincides with heavy rain
- Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son at God’s request
- Rain started on Tuesday morning and resulted to a blending of blood and water that filled streets and narrow lanes across Dhaka
DHAKA, Bangladesh – The streets of Bangladesh’s capital turn into rivers of blood after animal sacrifices which are part of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha coincided with the non-stop rains.
Flood is a regular happening in Dhaka’s streets because of poor drainage. However, what happened on Tuesday was a rare sight as thousands of sheep, goats, and cows were slaughtered as sacrifices.
Eid al-Adha, one of the two holiest events in the Muslim calendar, commemorates the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son at God’s request.
An article by Lavanya Shrivastava for Story Pick said that authorities in Dhaka had established hundreds of designated sacrifice spots few days before the festival in order to make it easier to clean away blood and animal carcasses.
However, local media in Bangladesh said most residents ignored the special areas, preferring to make sacrifices in their garages or on the streets outside their homes.
And since rain didn’t stop pouring on Tuesday morning, the result was a blending of blood and water that filled streets and narrow lanes across Dhaka.
“I felt I was walking through a post-apocalyptic neighborhood,” said Atish Saha, a Dhaka-based artist.
“To be honest, I was scared. It was an image of mass violence that shouldn’t ever be experienced,” he added as quoted by Michael Safi in his article for The Guardian.
Atish said that what disturbed him more is the sight of families, including infants, walking into the flood in celebratory “Eid day” moods.
“It made me speechless,” he said.
The flood water had mostly receded by Wednesday morning, however, the roads still had a reddish hue and were littered with animal entrails.