Video Footage Shows People Surfing On Top Of Trains In Bangladesh
A dramatic video has emerged that shows thousands of people hanging off the side of the train as they make their way to celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.
The footage was filmed in the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka, by Azim Khan Ronnie, a 31-year-old resident.
He also took several shots of a variety of different scenarios throughout the day. In the footage, he captured the death defying practise of 'train surfing' - hanging off the side of a moving, overcrowded train.
There are also some pictures that show the sheer size of the crowds travelling to celebrate the festival, which is the Muslim festival of sacrifice.
The festival marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the most sacred place in the Islamic faith.
During the feast of Eid al-Adha, which is also known as Qurbani, a lot of people buy animals such as goats, sheep, buffalo, or camel, in order to ritually slaughter them as a sacrifice.
Some of the photographs shot show cows waiting to be bought in order to be sacrificed. Alongside the busy crowds and festival celebration, moments of quiet and intimate prayer within the Bangladeshi mosque are captured.
The photos and video will certainly make you feel better about your daily commute. Thousands of people are crammed into boats, trains, and buses trying to get to where they need to be.
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Thousands of pilgrims travel around this time every year, putting a huge strain on infrastructure such as trains, ferries, and other forms of public transport.
To be fair, the simple fact that you don't have to ride on the top of the train that you get on to work should be enough to remind you that it's not so bad that you can't get a seat.
Obviously, train surfing is an incredibly dangerous practice, and shouldn't really be happening anywhere. You definitely shouldn't try it.
Eid al-Adha started on Tuesday 21 August, and will continue until Saturday 25 August. It is one of the two biggest festivals in the Muslim year, the other being Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Adha is often considered the holier festival out of the two. The length of the festival varies depending on where you are in the world. In many places it is just the four days, however, many Arab countries observe the celebration for a full nine-day period.
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