Eid Mubarak, 21, 22 August 2018

Eid ul Adha also called Eid al-Adha, Eid ul-Zuha and BakrEid is a festival that is celebrated across the world. It is one of the two main Eids; the other being Eid-al-Fitr. Eid literally means the ceremonial festival. While Eid UlAdha name is more in use globally, in India the name BakrEid or Bakri Eid is more common. Bakri means goat.

The date of Eid is based on the Islamic lunar calendar and the corresponding Gregorian dates change every year; it is dependent on the sighting of the crescent moon. In 2018, Eid ul-Adha celebration in India will begin on the evening-sunset of the 21st of August and will end on the 26th of August. Eid ul-Adha falls on the 10th day of the last 12th month of Islamic lunar calendar. Many Muslims prefer to make the Haj Yatra-holy pilgrimage in this sacred month called Dhu al-Hijjah to Mecca. The exact date-time of Eid can vary from country to country depending on geographical location and the sighting of the moon with the naked eyes.

It is a holiday in many countries like India, Afghanistan, Albania, Maldives, Bangladesh, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia etc, and African countries like Uganda, Morocco, Nigeria etc. The number of day’s holidays can vary from region to region.

The festival marks the Feast of the Sacrifice. It was when Prophet Ibrahim showed his willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael to follow the command of Allah, the God. Allah had appeared in the dream of Prophet Ibrahim, and was asked by Allah to make the sacrifice to mark as a sign of faith, obedience; Prophet Ibrahim passed the test as a sign of devotion. The son was replaced by the sacrifice of sheep in the last moment by Allah’s grace.

The above tale is mentioned in the Holy Book Quran. Prophet Ibrahim is also spelt as Prophet Abraham. This relates to Christians and Jews as when the God asked Lord Abraham to make the sacrifice of his son Isaac as mentioned in the Holy Book the Bible.

On Eid, natives have a grand feast. They dress up nicely. In Dubai, the Government has given free parking for the entire week. Many visit and perform prayers in mosques. Many malls, retail outlets, e-commerce sites etc offer special discounts-offers at this time. There is the exchange of gifts among families, friends etc. Many families, friends visit each other’s homes. Traditionally, the slaughtered meal of adult animal is divided into three parts, one part for the family, the 2nd part is for friends-relatives-neighbors and the 3rd part is donated to any needy or poor person.

We wish all a very happy and joyous Eid. Eid Mubarak.

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