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Eid Ul-Adha: significance of Bakrid and its celebrations.

Bakrid or Eid Ul-Adha is being celebrated across India tomorrow i.e September 2nd 2017.

Bakrid or Eid Ul-Adha is celebrated to honor the willingness of Prophet Mohammed to sacrifice his elder son Ismail as an act of submission to God. The festival teaches all of us the importance of sacrifice, selflessness and charity. The festival is about turning focus away from ourselves to the needs of others. Since the day is celebrated according to the Islamic Calender, the dates vary each year as Islamic Calender is based on Lunar Cycles. Eid Ul-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day Dhul Hijjah.

In commemoration of this sacrifice, Muslims across the world sacrifice cows, goats, lambs, Sheep and camels in the name of God. Those who perform the sacrifice will have a goat or any other animal at their home prior to Eid. After the sacrifice, the holy meat is partitioned into 3 equal parts, one for the house, one for relatives & friends and the last one for poor and weak.

Eid Ul-Adha is also referred to as the Big Eid with Little Eid being Eid-Ul-Fitr, which comes after Ramzan or Ramadan, a period of fasting. Big Eid falls in the first 10 days of one of the holiest months in the Islamic Calendar. in the Indian Subcontinent, Eid Ul-Adha is also

Muslim Brothers wish each other with an Arabic greeting “Eid Mubarak” after the Eid prayers and hug each other 3 times. On this day, Muslims wear their best clothes- ideally a new outfit and attend morning prayers at local Mosques. They usually take a different route back home, as was done by Prophet Mohammed followed by family meals and gift exchange.


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