New Delhi, September 2016: The Central government on Wednesday decided to postponed the official gazetted holiday for Bakra Eid, to September 13 instead of September 12. This means that the Eid al-Adha celebration in India will officially take place on Tuesday. The decision was taken, after the Imarat Shariah at Phulwara Sharif in Bihar’s capital Patna had declared that the holy month of Dhu al-Hijjah will begin on September 4, and not on September 3, as expected. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in an official statement said, “All Central Government Administrative Offices located at Delhi or New Delhi shall remain closed on September 13, 2016, on account of Eid al-Adha (Bakra Eid) (In place of Sept.12, 2016).”

The decision was taken by the Central government after Imarat Shariah did not sight the new moon on September 2 that kick starts the beginning of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah the next day. Due to which the month started on September 4, and Eid al-Adha i9s celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the festival of sacrifice for Muslims will fall on September 13 in India. While in Saudi Arabia and other parts of Middle East Bakra Eid will be celebrated on September 12, as the moon was sighted there on September 2. (Also Read: BJP MLA Usha Thakur’s controversial remark on Muslims: Sacrifice your sons instead of goats on Eid al-Adha! – Video)

Bakra Eid is a festival of sacrificing animals is celebrated by Muslims to mark the willingness of prophet Ibraheem – Abraham in Christian and Jewish texts – to sacrifice his elder son Ismail after following Gods order. God, pleased with Ibraheem, intervened and a bakr or a bakra – ram – was sacrificed in place of his son Ismail.

The festival of sacrificing animal is celebrated for three days. The festival also entails affluent Muslims sacrificing a goat and dividing the flesh so they themselves keep one-third of it and give one-third to their relatives and one-third to poor and needy. Saudi Arabia where annual five-day Hajj takes place has declared five days holiday by the authorities.

The Central government on Wednesday decided to postpone the official gazetted holiday for Bakra Eid, to September 13 instead of September 12. This means that the Eid al-Adha celebration in India will officially take place on Tuesday. The decision was taken, after the Imarat Shariah at Phulwara Sharif in Bihar’s capital Patna had declared that the holy month of Dhu al-Hijjah will begin on September 4, and not on September 3, as expected. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in an official statement said, “All Central Government Administrative Offices located at Delhi or New Delhi shall remain closed on September 13, 2016, on account of Eid al-Adha (Bakra Eid) (In place of Sept.12, 2016).”

The decision was taken by the Central government after Imarat Shariah did not sight the new moon on September 2 that kick starts the beginning of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah the next day. Due to which the month started on September 4, and Eid al-Adha i9s celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the festival of sacrifice for Muslims will fall on September 13 in India. While in Saudi Arabia and other parts of Middle East Bakra Eid will be celebrated on September 12, as the moon was sighted there on September 2.

Bakra Eid is a festival of sacrificing animals is celebrated by Muslims to mark the willingness of prophet Ibraheem – Abraham in Christian and Jewish texts – to sacrifice his elder son Ismail after following Gods order. God, pleased with Ibraheem, intervened and a bakr or a bakra – ram – was sacrificed in place of his son Ismail.

The festival of sacrificing animal is celebrated for three days. The festival also entails affluent Muslims sacrificing a goat and dividing the flesh so they themselves keep one-third of it and give one-third to their relatives and one-third to poor and needy. Saudi Arabia where annual five-day Hajj takes place has declared five days holiday by the authorities.