Eid-ul-Adha, the Greater Eid, popularly known as Bakrid follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, at the time of Qurbani (sacrifice).
The day of Eid-ul-Adha falls on the tenth day in the final (twelfth) month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar-Dhu-al-Hijjah. The day that celebrations fall on is dependent on a legitimate sighting of the moon, following the completion of the annual Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj – which is an obligation for all Muslims who fit specific criteria, one of the important Five Pillars of Islam.
The act of Qurbani consists of slaughtering an animal as a sacrifice to mark this occasion in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice for Allah. Traditionally, the day is spent celebrating with family, friends, and loved ones, often wearing new or best attire and the giving of gifts.
Eid-ul-Adha 2020 in Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced that Friday, July 31, will be the first day of Eid Al Adha.
The court said that tomorrow (Tuesday) is the 30th of Dhu Al Qaeda, and Wednesday, July 22, will mark the first of Dhu Al Hijja. Since the first day of Eid Al Adha always falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja and one day after Arafat Day, Friday, July 31, will mark the first day of Eid Al Adha.
Eid-ul-Adha 2020 in India:
Eid al-Adha 2020 in India will begin on the evening of July 31 and will end on the evening of August 1. However, if the moon is not sighted on July 21 in India, Dhul ul Qadah month will complete 30 days and Dhu al-Hijjah month.
The Muslim community celebrates the festival by offering special prayers. The community exchanges gifts and greetings. In India, Eid al-Adha is a considered a gazetted holiday. Other names of this festival include Id-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, Id-ul-Zuha, and Bakr-Id. The festival is celebrated by wearing new dresses and submitting special prayers. Goats may be offered to the God. The meat is shared among family friends and relatives. National, state and local government offices, post offices and banks are closed on Eid al-Adha. Islamic stores, businesses, and other organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours.