New Delhi, Aug 31: Muslims around the world will celebrate Bakrid, also known as Bakra Eid, Eid al-Adha or Id-ul-Adha on the 10th day of Islamic month Dhu al-Hijjah. Bakrid is the second of two Islamic festivals celebrated worldwide each year. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the Bakrid dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year. Traditionally, Eid al-Adha is celebrated for four days as an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries. (ALSO READ: Why Animals Are Sacrificed on Eid al-Adha And Other Facts)
For 2017, Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on Friday, September 1 in most countries in the Middle East. In Asian countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh Bakrid celebration date is Saturday, September 2. A 16-day public holiday from Thursday, August 24 until Saturday, September 9 has been announced in Saudi Arabia. Pakistan has declared a four-day holiday from Friday, September 1 until Monday, September 4 on Bakrid. In the United Kingdom, the celebration of the festival will be marked on the evening of Thursday 31 August and end on the evening of Monday, September 4. Muslims in other western countries follow Saudi Arabia. (ALSO READ: RSS-linked Muslim clerics pledge no cow slaughter on Bakra Eid)
Bakrid 2017 Date in India
In India, a 2-day public holiday is declared on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 for Bakrid celebration. The starting date of Eid al-Adha depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon. The celebration begins on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. In India, the Dhu al-Hijjah month started on August 23 after the moon was sighted. Hence, the Bakrid will be celebrated on 10th day of the month, which is September 2.