Bakrid 2018: Nation celebrates Eid Al-Adha with religious fervour

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New Delhi, Aug 22: Eid al-Adha or Bkar-id is being celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm across the country on Wednesday.

Bakrid is also known as the ‘festival of sacrifice’ and is the second of the two Muslim annual holidays celebrated worldwide.

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Here’s the glimpse of celebrations across the nation:

What is Eid Al-Adha or Bakrid:

Muslims commemorate Bakrid to mark the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his own son as an act of obedience and devotion towards God. Muslims worldwide celebrate the festival by sacrificing a male goat as a symbol of the same sacrifice that Ibrahim had gone through.


According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival falls in the months of August or September, but according to the Islamic lunar calendar, Bakrid is celebrated during the month of twelfth or the final month of Dhu al-Hijjah. Eid al-Adha begins on the tenth day of this month and ends during the sunset on the twelfth day.


Eid al-Adha reminds how Allah (the creator) is the ultimate savior of the good-doers. The festival dates back to the day when Abram (Ibrāhīm) had a dream in which he finds himself slaughtering his son – Ismail, as a sacrifice to Allah. Abram, being an ardent devotee and believer, shared his dream with Ismail and being Abram’s blood, an unhesitant Ismail told his father to obey Allah’s command. The moment Abram was to slay Ismail’s head, the all-merciful Allah replaced Ismail with a sheep and saved him.

Later in life, it was prophet Abram and his son Ismail who built Kaaba around the same place, so that people could sit in peace and meditate on the name of Allah. Located in Mecca, Kaaba is the holiest site for Islamists. It is the focal point where Muslims across the globe face towards while reciting their daily prayers (namaz).

Celebrations And Feast:

Eid al-Adha, or Bakrid, celebrations usually last for three days. Muslims sacrifice a male goat on the final day and feast on it to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim’s supreme sacrifice and God’s compassion towards him. The celebrations include visits to mosques and offering of prayers for peace and prosperity, as well as a special feast that mainly contains mutton preparations.


Some of the most delicious Bakrid feast dishes include mutton biryani, mutton korma, mutton keema, bhuni kaleji, as well as range of delectable desserts like sheer khurma.

Chicken Biryani

How is it celebrated:

The mode of celebrating Eid Al Adha is essentially the same across the world. The day begins with Eid prayer which follows the regular morning prayer.

bakrid prayer

Eid prayer is obligatory for men and women to be performed in congregation. It is held in mosques and large grounds also called as Eidgah. Eid greetings are exchanged between friends, family and strangers too.


The celebrations of Eid Al Adha can last up to three days. It is customary to wear new clothes, prepare a variety of dishes. In many Asian countries, elders give eidia (money) to children as a goodwill. Muslims visit their friends and relatives to exchange Eid greetings.

Happy Bakrid 2018!


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