Eid al-Adha, also popular as the festival of the Sacrifice is one of the major Islamic celebrations.
Popularly, it is one of the two most important Islamic holidays. The celebration of Eid al-Adha takes place worldwide and in several regions in countless forms. This honors the willingness to sacrifice of prophet Ibrahim who agrees to sacrifice his son to obey the will of God.
However, before he sacrifices his son, God places a goat on the place of his son. Therefore, the entire community celebrates the festival by sacrificing a goat on this very day.
The festival of Eid al-Adha associates with the Hajj rites and the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Typically, the Muslim and Druze community all across the globe celebrates the festival. According to the Islamic lunar calendar, the occasion of Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah. However, according to the Gregorian calendar, the celebration takes place in the month of July or August every year.
Also, the day marks the conclusion of the annual Hajj of Mecca.
Eid al-Adha or Bakr Id is one of the most prominent festivals for the Muslim community all across the world.
As the festival marks the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, it observes great celebration in numerous countries for Islamic followers. The narratives states, on the occasion of Bakr Id, the prophet faces the challenge of God and he passes the test of God. As a matter of fact, he proves his faith in Allah and his justice.
The festival of Eid al-Adha commemorates a devotee’s devotion for God and his willingness to devote God. Hence, the day marks the immense belief of prophet Ibrahim toward God. On this day, God sends Jibra’il to lay a goat in the place of Ibrahim’s son for sacrifice.
Therefore, on this day, people sacrifice a male goat to commemorate the event. The goat is separated into three portions on purpose. One part of the goat goes to the poor and needy people who are unable to afford the goat. The second part of the goat goes to the dear friends and family and the third and last part goes to the dining plates of the own family members.
Regardless of the religion and community, the mythological tales behind the celebration of Eid al-Adha are popular among most of the people.
The narrative of the festival is popular as the Akedah in Judaism and derives in the Tora which is the first book of Moses.
These tales mention, Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham is compelled to face the command of God. In the command, God asks Ibrahim to sacrifice his dearest possession which happens to be the sacrifice of his thirteen-year-old son Ismail.
Upon this, Ibrahim prepares himself to fulfill the command of God and his will. Meanwhile the preparations of the sacrifice, the devil tempts him and Ibrahim throws pebbles on the devil to cast it. Therefore, to commemorate this action of Ibrahim, on this day, people throw stones at the symbolic pillars during the Hajj rites and the stoning of the Devil.
On the mount Arafat, at the final moment, when Abraham attempts to cut Ismail’s troat, he finds his son out of harm’s way. Also, as a replacement for his son, an animal was slaughtered.
Hence, the entire incident makes Ibrahim pass the test of God.
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There is something unique about dining during Eid vibes. For the celebrations, people from numerous regions cook numerous mouth-watering foods. However, Chicken Biryani and Sewai are the two most important Bakr Id dishes. In general, every Muslim family serves this two on the table for the celebration of Eid al-Adha.
On the other hand, there are many other popular food stuffs that a person can try.
Dessert – Shahi Tukda, Baklava, Kimami Sewai, Phirni, Kulfi Faluda, Sheer Korma, Badam Phirni, Kopra Pak, Sufi Malpua.
Snacks- Chhole, Shammi Kebab, Shahi Tukda, Seekh Kebab,
Meal – Nawabi Biryani, Haleem,Tangri Kebabs, Creamy Chicken Korma, Baida Roti, Zarda Pulao, Mutton Korma, Chicken Korma, Chicken Biryani.
Many countries including India, observe a public holiday on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Government offices, post offices, major businesses, schools, and Universities remain closed on the day to allow people to visit their friends and family on the festival. However, to avail services on the day of the festival, hospitals and major organizations operate.
A person may notice a good number of Muslims visiting their family members and their friends.
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The celebration of Eid al-Adha observes great fervor during the celebration. On the day, the gaiety in India and many other countries viewable merriment takes place. People wear new clothes and visit their friends and family later than offering prayers to God.
In a while, the sacrifice of goat or sheep takes place which they later distribute between needy, family and friends. The marks faith of people in God therefore, on this very day several devotees try to provide meals to poor people so that no family goes hungry to sleep on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
This year, the festival of Eid al-Adha falls on Sunday, 11 August – Monday, 12 August.
Eid al-Adha Next Five Years-
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