Eid al-Adha falls under Dhu al-Hijjah, which is the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, and it is considered to be a particularly sacred month in the year.
What is Eid-ul–Adha?
Among several festivals celebrated by Muslims, Eid- Ul- Adha is also one of the special festivals of Muslim. Eid- Ul –Adha is also known as Bakr- Eid and festival of sacrifice.
On this festival Muslims sacrifice their domestic animals like goat (Bakr- Eid), sheep, cow, camel etc. This sacrifice made by Muslims is a symbol of sacrifice made by prophet Abraham.
The major ritual of the festival includes sacrifice of a lamb and distribution of it’s meat to all devotees. The third Eid is celebrated as the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad and is known as ‘Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi’ falls on the 12th day of Rabi-Ul-Awwal.
Rules for Eid
The three Eids observed on different occasions but teach one lesson. It is the lesson of humanity, brotherhood and peace. It is one of the most awaited festivals and holds great importance religiously. The Muslims need to follow certain codes of conduct while celebrating Eid. The deeds to be avoided for Sunni Muslims during Eid are as below:
- Men are not supposed to shave their beard so that they can be differentiated from the Shia Muslims.
- Women are prohibited from wearing Hijjah.
- Men cannot listen to music, wear silk Kurtas or take alcohol.
- Any kind of a physical touch of men with women and vice versa is prohibited.
- One should not visit graveyards during the festive days of Eid.
- Muslims should not be too extravagant while celebrating the festival. Instead, they should do some charity if they have money to spend.
Eid- Ul –Adha celebrations start after the Hajj. The first day of Eid- Ul –Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Duhl -Hijja, that is the last month of the Islamic year.
- In some areas. Eid- Ul –Adha is celebrated for several days by Muslims.
- On this day Muslims dress themselves in new clothes. Early in the morning prayers are recited by them to remember God and then the day beings with the breakfast of Sheer Korma.
- Soon after the breakfast the animal is forfeited and then the meat of the slaughtered animal is distribute among the neighbors, friends, family and poor people.
- It is believed that the meat of the sacrificed animal must be distributed in three equal parts among neighbors and friends, family members and poor people.
- Muslims greet each other with well wishes for the festival along with the meat of the slaughtered animal. Muslims spend time with their near and dear ones to spread love and happiness all around.
- In the evening Muslims visit to the places of their near and dear ones and celebrate the festival.
- Delicious food and drinks are served to all those people who visit Muslim places on this festival.
Although, with changing eras, the ways of eid celebrations too have molded according to the modern times. Grand fests are organized all over the world where people belonging to Muslim community come and enjoy with their family and friends. Women too indulge in festivities. However, the passage of time could not fade away the importance of traditions and customs of Eid. Eid prayers and observing fasts as per the norms in Quran still hold the same importance.
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