Eid-ul-Adha 2023: Date, Importance, History, Celebration in India

The Islamic community across the world celebrates Eid-al-Adha, also known as Eid-ul-Zuha. The ceremony commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s dedication to Allah, with his stature forfeiting his clout.

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Eid al-Adha is the second holiest day in the Islamic calendar, following Eid al-Fitr. This time of year, also known as Bakrid and “The Festival of Sacrifice,” is highly honored by Muslims all around the world. This day is dedicated to Ibrahim, who consented to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah. It is also commemorated for his son Ismael’s survival. The ceremony will take place in 2023 on the evenings of June 29 and 30, according to the Islamic lunar calendar.

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A family comes to sacrifice an animal to Allah. Families make feasts from sacrificial meat. Some of the meat is given to the poor, while others are enjoyed with friends and family. No one is expected to go hungry on Eid al-Adha, hence it is urged to provide such food to the needy and impoverished on this day. On Eid al-Adha, Muslim believers dress in their finest attire, and exquisite delicacies are prepared. 

Eid-ul-Adha 2023: History

The Bakrid festivities are based on the tale of Ibrahim. Ibrahim, a devout Muslim and Prophet of Allah had regular visions of sacrificing his son Ismael to Allah. Ismael, like his father, was a devoted believer who accepted to be sacrificed when he learned of the plan. Fathers were prepared to part away their most treasured assets as a symbol of their love and respect for Allah. 

In any event, before the sacrifice could take place, Allah dispatched his divine messenger, Jibreel, to the pair, miraculously exchanging Ismael for a sheep. Allah is said to have done this because he was delighted with the couple’s commitment to him. As a result, the festival is also known as Eid Qurban (literally, “The Celebration of Sacrifice”) or Qurban Bayarami. 

Eid-ul-Adha 2023: Importance

Essentially, Eid al-Adha is considered a time when people share their riches with the community around them as a sign of devotion to Allah. The animal is slaughtered in Allah’s name, and the flesh is shared by all members of the community. The people do this animal and food sacrificed to experience Ibrahim and Ismael’s pain and devotion. 

On Bakrid, people also observe mandated prayers and discourses, among other rituals. The basic cornerstone of this hallowed day is sharing one’s resources with the remaining community, whether poor or not.

Eid-ul-Adha 2023: Celebration in India

On Bakrid, people also observe mandated prayers and discourses, among other rituals. The basic cornerstone of this hallowed day is sharing one’s resources with the remaining community, whether poor or not.

Because Bakrid is a national holiday in India, most national, state, and municipal government agencies will be closed or operating at reduced hours. Bakrid is also declared a bank holiday by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Banks will also be closed in several sections of the country on June 28.

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