Bakrid or Eid al-Adha is an auspicious day for all the Muslims. This is the second biggest festival they celebrate after Ramadan. Bakrid is also called as Eid al–Adha or Id-ul–Adha. Most of the gulf countries use this word while Indians prefer Bakrid, as the word ‘Bakri’ refers to the goat that is sacrificed on the big day.
Eid al-Adha 2017 Date
Gulf countries celebrate the festival a day earlier than Indian Muslims according to the visibility of moon. The date and time of festival depend on the Islamic calendar. The festival of sacrifice is celebrated all over the country by Muslims on September 2 this year, 2017.
Bakrid occurs every year as the dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year. On the 12th day, it will be celebrated. Bakrid is the month in which Muslims perform Hajj by visiting Mecca and Madina.
Bakrid History & Significance :
It is said that the merciful Allah (God) has ordered his disciple Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Ibrahim being a follower of Allah obeys his command and get ready for the sacrifice. At the last moment, Ishmael gets replaced by a goat. Allah tests the truth and obedience of Ibrahim, and in remembrance of this, it is celebrated as a day of sacrifice.
How Eid al-Adha is celebrated?
Without any difference as rich and poor, every Muslim tries to celebrate the Eid of sacrifice. They wake up early in the morning and get for holy Namaz. They wear new dresses and cook traditional food ‘Roti’. Unlike Ramadan, they perform Namaz before consuming breakfast following it as a ritual.
Men perform Namaz in Eidgah and women at home. After completion of Namaz, they have breakfast and meet their relatives. They present gifts to each other as a sign of celebration. Old, younger including little once celebrate the happiness of Eid.
The process of Sacrifice:
People who are performing sacrifice ritual will have a goat at their home in advance of Eid. They feed it and get ready for Eid. They perform the sacrifice of an Adult goat and after Namaz. People may prefer camel also for carrying out the ritual. They perform the ritual for four days according to the calendar.
They holy meat is partitioned into three equal parts as one for house hold purpose, other for relatives and friends and last for poor and weak. They distribute the meat as per the process and celebrate by cooking delicious food at home with friends and family.