Eid al-Adha is a Muslim festival that is known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Bakrid or the Greater Eid. It falls on the 10th day of Islamic month Dhu al-Hijjah. Bakrid is among two major Islamic festivals celebrated worldwide each year. While Eid falls on the 10th day of the 12th month, its time and date change according to the positioning of the moon. The date is decided as the Islamic calendar month known as Dhu al-Hijjah. Bakrid 2017 begins in India on the evening of September 1 and ends on the evening of September 2. Muslims across the world celebrate the festival with prayers, feasts and other festivities. Muslims greet each other and go to mosques dressed in their best clothes to attend prayer service.

Eid al-Adha also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia which is considered the fifth and final pillar of Islam. The days of Eid are regarded as “days of remembrance” and believed to be the holiest days in the Islamic Calendar. The festival is also called as Id ul-Adhavin Arabic and Bakrid in the Indian subcontinent. The word ‘bakri’ means goat in Hindi, thus giving rise to the name – Bakr-Id. Bakrid 2017 Dates: When is Eid al-Adha in India, Pakistan, Middle East And Other Western Countries

Eid al-Adha or Bakrid significance

Eid al-Adha honors Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael, an act of submission of God’s command. According to Muslim beliefs, when Ibrahim was about to kill his son Ishmael upon Allah’s command, God replaced him with a sheep. Muslims sacrifice a goat on this day to honor this day and divide it among family, friends and the poor in commemoration to this. They also give money to charity during this time.

Traditionally, Eid al-Adha is a two-day festival after the beginning of the Hajj pilgrimage. The festival begins with the sighting of the new crescent moon on the 10th day of one of the holiest months of the Islam calendar. As the moon was sighted on August 22, Eid al-Adha falls on September 2. While some Middle eastern and other countries may celebrate it on September 1, countries like India and Pakistan September 2. In Muslim-majority countries, Eid al-Adha is celebrated for four days.