Interesting Things to Know about Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice

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Eid al-Adha Celebration

Eid al-Adha which is also known as Bakrid is the most popular festival celebrated by the muslins all over the world. It is called as the Festival of Sacrifice because God commanded the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his only firstborn child to God as a test of his obedience. Before he could sacrifice this child, God provided a lamb to sacrifice. So an animal like Goat or Sheep is sacrificed on this day. After the Hajj pilgrimage, people start celebrating the feast by visiting friends and relatives’ house. Sweets such as Shree Khurma is made and distributed among the neighbors.

The Origin Of Eid al-Adha (Bakrid)

The Origin of Eid al-Adha (Bakrid) is when the Prophet Abraham was commanded by God to bring his wife Hajar and his child Ishmael in the desert of Saudi Arabia. To test him, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son to God. After hearing the command during that time the Satan tried to distract them by not obeying the Gods commandment, but Abraham drove Satan away from his family. Abram took his son to Mount Arafat where he made woodpile to sacrifice his son. As Abraham was about to sacrifice his child, God was pleased with his loyalty by obeying Gods command. So God let his son go and a sheep was sacrificed. To commemorate this day as a sacrifice and mercy of God, Eid al-Adha is celebrated with the sacrifice of the animal.

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Origin of the name Eid al-Adha/Bakrid

Eid al-Adha is an Arabic word which means “Feast Of Sacrifice”. It is also called as Bakrid as a goat (Bakri) is sacrificed during this festival.

The  rituals of Bakrid

  • On the day of Bakrid people wear new clothes and visit the Mosque, where they perform Dua or pray for their family.
  • As Bakrid is all about the sacrifice.  Animals like goat or sheep are sacrificed. From that, two-third of the meat is distributed to the poor and the one third is retained by the family for consumption.
  • People visit their relatives and friends house and greet each other with Id Mubarak. People also give gifts and sweets to each other.

Eid Mubarak!

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