New Delhi, Sep 2: After Eid-ul-Fitr, the air of celebration and festivities has again taken over the country. Muslims across India are celebrating Eid-al-Adha or Bakr-eid with much grandeur and excitement. Bakr-eid is celebrated to honour the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son on the command of the God.

Muslim clerics in Uttar Pradesh have advised the Muslim community to skip the traditional hug this Eid al-Adha in view of the Swine Flu which has taken 66 lives in Uttar Pradesh so far. ‘Greet but don’t embrace and hug’ this Bakr-eid to protect each other from the epidemic Swine Flu.

In Uttarakhand, devotees offered prayers at a Gurudwara in Joshimath as they were unable to do it at Gandhi Maidan

In Uttarakhand, devotees offered prayers at a Gurudwara in Joshimath as they were unable to do it at Gandhi Maidan

Prayers offered at Delhi's Jama Masjid on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha

Prayers offered at Delhi’s Jama Masjid on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha

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People gather at Delhi's Jama Masjid for Bakr-eid

People gather at Delhi’s Jama Masjid for Bakr-eid

Prayers being offered at Mumbai's Mahim Dargah

Prayers being offered at Mumbai’s Mahim Dargah

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi offers prayer at Panja Sharif Dargah

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi offers prayer at Panja Sharif Dargah

Prayers being offered at Srinagar's Radpora

Prayers being offered at Srinagar’s Radpora

On Bakr-eid, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts. One of the parts goes to the poor, another to relatives, friends and the third is for the family, who sacrificed the animal.