Eid al-Adha: Significance and Importance of Bakr-Id Festival
Eid al-Adha is an important Islamic religious festival that Muslims celebrates with special prayers, greetings, and amazing gifts. Bakr-Id festival is on the 10th to 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja. | Eid al-Adha: Significance and Importance of Bakr-Id Festival |
Eid al-Adha – Festival of the Sacrifice
This year Bakr-Id / Eid al-Adha is on Wednesday, August 22, 2018; and next year Bakr-Id / Eid al-Adha is on Monday, August 12, 2019.
Eid ul-Zuha is a festival that is celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety in India and the world. It is a gazetted holiday in India and it is also famous as the ‘festival of Sacrifice’. Eid al-Adha is also known as Bakr-Id, Eid ul-Zuha or Id ul-Adha.
The festival starts with great enthusiasm among Muslims over the world and it usually starts with men and women dressing in the best outfits for the festival. Further, they proceed towards the Mosque and recites ‘Dua’ (prayer) for peace and prosperity. Then they sacrifice one animal per family and distribute most of the meat to the poor.
Why a goat / Bakr is sacrificed on the day of Eid ul-Zuha? On this day Muslims do sacrifice a goat to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, who willingly agreed to kill his son at the behest of God. Many Muslims feel that they have a duty to ensure that all Muslims can enjoy a meat-based meal during this auspicious day.
The festival also coincides with the Pilgrimage in Mecca. Furthermore, the sacrifice is also known as Qurbani. And mostly it is offered at any time before the afternoon on the third day of Eid ul-Zuha. Friends, families and relatives meet each other and greet each other with ‘Eid Mubarak’. Special delicacies are also prepared on the occasion.