Eid-ul-Adha 2015



Eid-ul-Adha or Eid al-Adha is one of the widely celebrated festivals of the followers of Islam in India and all over the world. It is also called Id-ul-Zuha or Bakr-Id by the people of India. That's because the festival involves the sacrifice of a goat which is termed as bakr (in Urdu). Eid al-Adha is celebrated during the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja. It marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

When is Eid-ul-Adha 2015?

Eid al-Adha 2015 begins in the evening of Tuesday, September 22 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, September 23. The dates may vary depending upon certain factors like the observances of the moon and the length of a particular month. So, if required, Eid-ul-Adha date may be corrected around 10 days before the celebrations begin.

Eid-ul-Adha History

This festival is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice made by Ibrahim (Abrahim) in honor of the Allah. The almighty had appeared in his dream and commanded him to sacrifice his son who was an adult. He obeyed the order and took his son, Ishmael (or Ismail) to Mount Moriah. When he was about to make the sacrifice, he was stopped by an angel. The angel gave him a ram to sacrifice to Allah. Hence, Bakr-Id is considered as the "Feast of Sacrifice".

Eid-ul-Adha Traditions, Customs, and Celebrations

The followers of Islam celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha or Bakr-Id with the traditions and customs mentioned below.

Making a sacrifice: One of the special highlights of the festival of Eid al-Adha is to sacrifice an animal which should be more than a year old, healthy, and free of defects. By doing so, Muslims all over the world reveal their desire to sacrifice their life and property for the cause of Islam and in honor of the Allah. By doing so, the followers of Islam commemorate Ibrahim's sacrifice in reverence to Allah.

The meat of the sacrifice is mostly offered to others. One-third part of the meat is given away to the family members, another one-third part is offered to the poor, while the rest is consumed by the person making the sacrifice and his friends. This is considered to be a symbol of giving away or sharing things that one can actually enjoy himself. It is believed that by doing so, one would receive the choicest blessings of Allah.

Prayers on Eid-ul-Adha: The celebrations on this day start with congregational prayers (or Salah) after which a sermon known as Khutbah is held. No azaan is given for Eid-Salah. Reading or talking is not allowed during Khutbah. The Muslims conduct the prayers between sunrise and noon, especially early in the morning. The prayers are held outside a mosque. Before offering the prayers, the Muslims should cleanse their body and wear new clothes. Men are directed to apply perfume prior to offering their prayers. Women are not allowed to use perfume.

During Salah, you should follow the Imam in prayer. Avoid bowing, prostrating, or making any kind of movement before the Imam does it. Also, make the required movements just the way you find the Imam doing.

Reading the Takbir: An important part of Eid-ul-Adha traditions is to read the Takbir loudly. The word 'Takbir' is the Arabic term for the phrase "Allahu Akbar". It means that God is the greatest. Women who're unable to attend the prayers are permitted to sit behind the people who're actually praying to Allah. Once the prayers are over, people should take in the meat of the animal they've sacrificed.

Other celebrations and customs: On Eid al-Adha, people visit the deceased at the cemeteries. The family members gather together to have a grand feast with a cheerful heart, thus remembering God for the bounties he has provided to mankind. Fasting is strictly prohibited on this occasion.

In India, national and state government offices and banks are closed on Bakr-Id. A public holiday is observed in Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE, and Turkey on this festive occasion. However, U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia don't allow for a nationwide public holiday on Eid al-Adha. But this doesn't in any way reduce the religious fervor and enthusiasm with which Eid-ul-Adha is observed all over the world. So, celebrate this festival with your dear ones and send them your warm wishes and blessings with Eid-ul-Adha ecards.



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