I have been writing on Hindu festivals for this website. But my intention is to be secular, like our country. Thus I contacted a PR friend, Taskeen Naik, for some information on their festivals. With Bakri Eid coming soon, I thought that would be the right place to start with.
So, Taskeen wrote this article as follows:
By Taskeen Naik
Bakri Eid or Eid-ul-Adha is one of the major religious festivals celebrated every year as per the Hijri calendar by the Muslim community across the world. It is considered as important as the Eid-ul-fitr (Ramzan Eid). The festival is celebrating and remembering the faith of Prophet Ibrahim in God, when he followed the order by God to sacrifice his son upon.
How It Got Started: The story goes thus: Prophet Ibrahim had no child and he always wanted one. When the almighty blessed him with a baby boy he was very happy and thanked Almighty Allah for this blessing. As years went by the father and son lived very happily and were very attached to one another. Then as a test Almighty Allah asked Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son for him. As he was ordered he was ready to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah. On the day of sacrifice both father and son went ahead to proceed with the sacrifice, with the son laid down on ground and the father ready with the knife. When he was about to slit the throat of his son, Allah ordered angel Jibril to replace the boy with a sheep and within seconds the boy was replaced by a sheep. And this was just a test for Prophet Ibrahim in which he came out to be a winner and an obedient servant of Allah and this is the concept on how it all started and celebrated.
Eid-ul-Adha Ceremony: The day of Eid-ul-Adha is started with the Eid-Ul-Adha Namaaz followed by a khutba (Islamic speech). Once the khutba is done, people go ahead with proceedings of sacrifice. The sacrificial meat is distributed among family, friends, relatives and poor and needy.
As like Eid-Ul-Fitar people also wear new clothes on this day and invite family and friends for a feast.
Other terms Of Eid ulAdha: Eid Ul Adha is known through several names all over the world like, Kurban Bayrami or Sacrifice Feast. Singaporeans and Malaysians call it Hari Raya Haji. In West Africa it is called Tabaski. In South East Asia it is called Hari Raya Aidiladha. Indians call the festival as Id-ul-Adha or Idu’z Zuha. In Bangladesh, it is called either Eid-ul-Azha or Id-ul-Adha. This festival of Eid-Ul-Adha is called differently in different parts of the country but the spirit of celebrating the festival among the community remains the same irrespective of the location.