This year, the festival of Eid al-Adha in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka has taken a bizarre turn.
Dhaka is a city that regularly experiences flooding from nearby rivers due to poor drainage. For locals, a few inches of water on the streets is common during heavy rainfall. This week, however, the ritualistic animal sacrifices of Eid al-Adha collided with the city's regular flooding to create a truly freaky scene.
Eid al-Adha is one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar. The holiday commemorates the prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to God. To pay tribute to Abraham and God, Muslims sacrifice animals during the festival.
Authorities in Dhaka set up designated areas for the sacrifices to take place so that cleanup would be easier.
However, some chose to ignore all that. Many people just went ahead and sacrificed animals right outside their homes.
As a result, rain on Tuesday mixed with blood in the streets and essentially created sanguineous rivers that stretched across the city.video-player-present
Luckily, the water receded quickly, but some areas are now coated with blood.
(via The Guardian)
If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I never would have believed it. I would hate to run errands through all of that nonsense.