The festivity of Bakri-Eid
Eid-ul-Zuha or Bakri- Eid or the Festival of Sacrifice is an important celebration for Muslims which is celebrated with great enthusiasm. And India is the third largest Muslim populated country where Eid-ul-Zuha is celebrated.
The history behind Eid-ul-Zuha:
The festival is often termed as the feast of sacrifice and the reason behind the same; this festival is celebrated as a remembrance of the Prophet Ibrahim who was asked by Allah to sacrifice his son Ismaeel. Prophet Ibrahim had agreed to do so but he was revealed that this was just a test of his loyalty and he could sacrifice a ram instead of his son since then the tradition has become an integral part of Islamic religion and is celebrated by Muslims across the globe.
Importance of Bakri – Eid:
The festival begins with a congregation of Muslims at the Mosque where they offer prayer to Allah in the morning, post this they greet each other and then the festival of Qurbani or Sacrifice begins. The sacrifice is a religious rite and begins by slaughtering an animal and offering it to God. Depending on the region, cow, sheep, goat and camel sacrificed on the day. As per the tradition, the meat of the animal is divided into three portions, one is kept by the family, one is shared with friends and family and the last portion is offered to the needy one. The whole tradition of the festival Eid-ul-Zuha lies in caring and sharing and enhancing the feeling of charity. In India, usually, goats are sacrificed on Eid-ul-Zuha and hence are popularly known as Bakri-Eid.
The festival is marked by food fueled streets and festive markets where people flood in to celebrate it with great zest and zeal. Not only this they exchange greetings, enjoy scrumptious food and exchange gifts.
Enjoy the surprising Eidi and end the fast with delicious sweets. Pray and rejuvenate your bond with the Lord.