The festival coincides with the day when The ‘Quran’ was declared finished. It is from when countless Muslims embark on Hajj to Mecca and devotees present prayers in mosques.
On the day of Bakri Id, the pilgrims from India, among others from all over the world, reach the mount of Mina, near Mecca where every individual makes an animal sacrifice. This was the place where Ibrahim is said to have sacrificed his son. The devotees shall then shave the hair off their heads.
The sole purpose is to be one among the millions of pilgrims who flock to Mecca every year to commemorate Ibrahim’s sacrifice. The sacrificed meat is then distributed past the ritual among family members and friends. Muslims also prepare sweets and other special delicacies and for the occasion. The celebration starts on the 10th day to the 12th day of Dhu’l Hijja (according to the Islamic calendar).
Bakri – Id is the feast of sacrifice, it is also known as Idul-Adha. In India however, it is pronounced Idul Azh. It is a Muslim festival celebrated on 10th day of the month of Dhu’l Hijja. Sacrifices are made by the Muslim pilgrims. It is considered as a part of ceremony of grand pilgrimage. Prescribed in the Quran, it requires followers and devotees to make sacrifices at Mina, while the ceremony is takes place.
Consider it as a forfeit, that is made by the Muslims as a part of the prayers of the great festival. Usually, cows, goat and sometimes camel are sacrificed to commemorate the sacrifice of the iconic Muslim prophet – Ibrahim, who sacrificed his sole son at God’s request! It is believed to be a test of faith that God made Ibrahim undertake at the mount Mina, in Mecca.
The sacrifices and prayers are held simultaneously on this auspicious day by Muslims all over the country. The Quran clearly states “That (is the command) who so exaggerated the offerings consecrated to Allah, it surely is from devotion of the hearts”. This special festival is associated with elaborate prayers, exchange of gifts and greetings, sacrifice, and celebrations that unite all the Muslims in the country as a whole.
People on this day are required to wear new clothes, offer prayers to Allah, and visit friends and family to trade greetings. This special festival combines special prayers, which take places over the three days, as well as feasts that include the entire community in a particular region.