Eid ul-Adha also called Eid Qurban, the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, is one of the biggest Muslim Festivals. Every year this significant Islamic festival marks the end of Hajj, the pious pilgrimage to the city of Mecca. According to Qur’an, ‘those who can make their way’ must surely once-in-a lifetime take the sacred journey to Mecca. Eid ul Adha is observed as the last day of this religious journey and it reminds the followers of Islam the mercy and benefits showered upon mankind by Allah.
Read more to know about the historical background, practices, and schedule of Eid Ul Adha 2020.
History Of Eid Ul Adha
It is believed that Ibrahim, also known as Abraham in the Christianity and Jewish culture, was commanded to sacrifice (Qurban) his adult son Ismael. Ibrahim obeyed God and took Ismael to Mount Moriah. As he was to give Qurbani, an angel stopped him and gave a ram to perform a ritual instead of his son. However, there are groups that believe that the son of sacrifice was Isḥāq.
Since then this event is celebrated as Eid ul Adha across the world with different names. In Egypt it is called Eid Al Lahma, and Eid Al-Baqara in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Nigerians call it Big Sallah and Ram Sallah. Kurban Bayrami is its name in Turkey and Hari Raya Haji in Malaysia and Singapore.
Tradition And Observances Of Eid Ul Adha
Eid ul Adha is celebrated on the tenth of Dhū al-Ḥijjah which is the last month of the Islamic calendar and is continued for the following three days. Like Eid ul Fitr, celebrations commence with the performance of communal prayer known as ṣalāt on the first day at daybreak. During Eid ul Adha, families who can afford sacrifices of ritually accepted animals such as goat, camel, sheep, etc. perform the Qurbani and distribute the flesh among themselves and loved ones, after donating an equal portion to economically backward ones. Visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts are the common practices observed during Eid ul Adha.
Date And Time Of Eid Ul Adha 2020
Eid ul Adha or Bakra Eid 2020 in India will begin in the evening of July 30, 2020 and the festivity will continue till August 2, 2020. Please note that the dates may vary.
Eid Ul Adha Around The World
Eid ul Adha is a public holiday in numerous countries including the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia, Turkey, Indonesia, and India. Read on to know how Eid Ul Adha is celebrated across the world:
1. The United Arab Emirates
Eid Al Adha is celebrated as a four-day public holiday in the UAE. People wear new clothes and visit friends and relatives after performing sacrificial ceremonies and seek blessing from the Almighty. Going out for dining, shopping, and entertainment are quite common during these 4 festive days. In Dubai massive preparations are organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishments. Ibn Batuta Mall, City Centre Midrif, Mercato Mall, etc. are the most popular places to experience the festivity!
The festival begins with morning prayers in the mosque, followed by religious Qurbanis. The biggest celebration takes place at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. No Eid celebration is complete in Pakistan without henna and females apply beautiful designs of henna on their hands. Sheer Khurma is cooked in households and shared with friends and families.
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Kurban Bayramı, that is, Eid ul Daha is the most prominent festival of Turkey and is celebrated as a 4-5 day public holiday. Lavish meals are prepared after Qurbani and shared with friends and other loved ones during this time. Turkey has common places for sacrifices and rituals can be performed at these centres only. People donate food, clothes, sweets, etc. during this time.
Eid al Adha is marked with a special meal in Egypt and Egyptians start their morning with meat cubes or stir-fried liver for breakfast which is served with Fatta. Other popular dishes of the festival are Ro’a’ and lamb cutlets. Locals dress themselves in new outfits and plan family reunions and host feasts. They also feed deliciously cooked food to poor or needy people who can barely afford it.
Eid ul Adha is popularly known as Bakrid in India. The celebration starts with morning prayers at mosques and religious centres, followed by Qurbani and distributing flesh among economically weaker masses. Scrumptious delicacies are cooked and shared with loved ones. People wear new clothes and plan a visit to mosques and dargahs, followed by community feasts or in-house parties.
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