Eid al-Adha 2018:  Eid al-adha is one of the most important festivals for Muslims and the community across the world celebrates the occasion with much fervour. The festival, also known Bakrid, commemorates prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son to prove his obedience to Allah.

In India this year, Eid al-Adha will commence in India on August 21, and continue until the evening of August 22.

According to the lunar calendar, the day falls every year in Dhul Hijja, which is the last month of the Hijri calendar, when the crescent moon is sighted in the sky.

Significance:

The festival marks the final day of Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

As per the story behind this festival, Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), who was a great believer, had a dream in which he sacrificed his 10-year old son. Taking his dream literally, he went ahead to sacrifice his son. But as the legend goes, Allah sent his angels and asked him to sacrifice an animal instead of his son.

Thus, in order to prove their devotion and love for Allah, Muslims across the world sacrifice an animal on this day. It is a symbol that reminds people of the real sacrifices a person needs such as negative emotions, hatred and pride.

Celebrations:

Eid al-Adha is one of the greatest celebrations of Islam. Muslims across the world take to the streets and gather at a place of worship, promoting brotherhood among different groups of society.

People greet each other “Eid Mubarak” and exchange gifts and sweets.

The day ends with a grand feast where three meals are prepared, one for the family, friends and the neighbourhood, the other for the poor and the third for the immediate family.