eid ul adha 2017



Eid Ul-Adha 2017, Bakrid Date - Id ul Zuha, Bakra Eid Qurbani

Eid-Al-Adha is an Islamic festival which is celebrated joyously and symbolizes sacrifice. It is also known as the Sacrifice Feast or the Festival of Sacrifice. This festival is also known as 'Bakra Eid' owing to the sacrifice of a goat, lamb or sheep that is done on this day to honor Prophet’s sacrifice. Apart from Eid-Al-Fitr, it is another Muslim festival which is piously celebrated all across the world. Eid - this word appears in the fifth sura of Quran and means 'a solemn festival'.  Eid-Al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu-Al-Hijjah, the 12th month of Islamic Lunar Calendar and the celebration continues till the 13th Day. Dhu Al Hijjah is regarded as the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.


As per Indian Calendar, Eid Al Adha celebrations will begin on 1st September 2017 eve and will end in the evening of 2nd September 2017


Eid-Al-Adha is regarded as the holiest Islamic festival. It commemorates the eager compliance of Prophet Ibrahim who was ready to sacrifice his son as an act of honoring the command of the God. It is also known as 'The Greater Eid', as the days on which it is celebrated are revered as the most sacred days in the Islamic calendar and are marked as 'days of remembrance' in Islamic literature. The celebrations of Bakra Eid begin soon after the pilgrimage to Hajj (Mount Arafat in Mecca) ends and the pilgrims begin their return.   

As per the legend, God commanded Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his most beloved son to prove his extreme devotion and obedience to the almighty. When the prophet took his son to the holy mountain near Mecca to sacrifice him to Allah, God replaced his son with a lamb with the aid of his angel Gabriel. Allah then proclaimed that the sacrifice was commanded just to examine the love and the willingness of Prophet to submit to God's desires. Thus, from this day, Muslims all across the world sacrifice a domestic animal such as a goat or a sheep which is often known as 'Qurbani' as a way to showcase their utmost devotion to Allah and to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's sacrifice. The sacrifices on this day go on until the sun sets on the last day i.e. 13th day.

The meat of the slaughtered animal is divided into three parts. From which, one third is eaten by the family members, one third is given to relatives, neighbors and  friends while the last portion is given to the poor and the needy. This act is a symbol of the willingness of an individual to sacrifice his/her share of bounty for their friends and relatives and also for those who are in need.  


The celebrations of Eid Ul Zuha begin with Muslim men visiting the mosques for the morning Eid Namaz. All men, women and children don the finest clothes and visit their family and friends in order to exchange greetings with Eid Mubarak wishes and gifts. Some Muslims involve themselves in charitable work and ensure that each of the impoverished and unprivileged people get the share of the meat. Also, millions of Muslims across the world partake in the Hajj pilgrimage which ends on the 9th day of Dhu-Al-Hijjah in the Islamic lunar calendar and marks the beginning of the celebrations.