Thousands of people filmed train surfing their way to Eid festivities in overpopulated capital
Thousands of train surfers have been captured risking their lives to attend the Eid festival of sacrifice.
Azim Khan Ronnie, 31, captured the bizarre moments that took place in Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka, on August 20 during Eid al-Adha, the biggest muslim festival of the year.
The videographer documented moments throughout the day including the vibrant commute and boat boarding alongside hundreds of cows on they way to be slaughtered – even including intimate prayer moments inside a mosque.
Eid al-Adha is the Festival of Sacrifice – otherwise known as Qurbani, many people are known to buy goats, sheep, buffalo, camel and cows in order to sacrifice them for God.
The festival is celebrated over seven days and is a recognised national holiday in many countries such as India, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
Azim said: “Every year many people get seriously hurt and killed from falling off the top of the trains.
“They only do it for the festival of Eid, the people in the city will ride the trains in this manner in order for them to arrive home and celebrate with their families and neighbors.
“Due to the lack of public transport offered, people will voluntarily put themselves at higher risk for this festival.
“The cows I captured on camera, will be sold at the cattle market for the celebrations – also called ‘Qurbani’ meaning to sacrifice your most beloved thing, it is long standing tradition for Muslims.
“After they say Eid prayers, the animals purchased to sacrifice will be slaughtered and then eaten in many different types of curries, steaks or BBQ’d.”
Millions of cows are carried by boat to the cattle markets every year, with around 100 cows squeezed into each narrow wooden boat.
They will then travel as far as 300 miles to get to the city market in Bangladesh.
It is claimed that around one billion cows are slaughtered during the celebrations.
This tradition is said to have been practiced for thousands of years.