Mysuru, August 31:- First day of Eid-al-Adha will be celebrated on September 2 across India.
Saudi Arabia’s High Judicial Court has confirmed that the first day of the Muslim festival falls on Friday after the new moon crescent was sighted on August 22. But India will mark it from September 2.
Eid al-Adha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast,” is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two.
Eid al-Adha celebrations begin two days after the start of Hajj – the important annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city in a desert valley in Saudi Arabia.
The start of Eid al-Adha depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon and its celebration can vary in different countries around the world.
The holy festival, also known as the ‘sacrifice feast’ or Greater Eid, begins on the 10th day of the holiest month in the Islamic lunar calendar.
Muslims around the world believe that Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Ibrahim followed God’s orders, but his son was replaced by a sheep at the last moment. Muslims celebrate this at Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is called Id-ul-Adha in Arabic and Bakr-Id in the Indian subcontinent, because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat or “bakri” in Urdu. The word “id” derived from the Arabic “iwd” means “festival” and “zuha” comes from “uzhaiyya” which translates to “sacrifice”.
People who are performing sacrifice ritual will have a goat at their home prior to Eid. They feed it and get ready for Eid. They perform the sacrifice of an adult goat 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 household 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.
Celebrations of Eid al-Adha vary around the world. Muslims greet each other by saying ‘Eid Mubarak’ on during the festival which involves prayers and visits to friends and family.
Id-ul-Zuha is a festival that is celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety in India and the world. Many Muslims wear new clothes and attend an open-air prayer meeting during Id-ul-Zuha. They may sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the meat with family members, neighbours and the poor. Many Muslims feel that they have a duty to ensure that all Muslims can enjoy a meat based meal during this holiday.