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It’s that time of the year again. Muslims all over the world are getting ready for the revered festival of Eid al-Adha. The Hajj pilgrimage went underway yesterday with two million Muslims from all over the world embarking starting their journey to the Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Hajj pilgrimage is considered to be the fifth and final pillar of Islam. The beginning of this pilgrimage is followed by the holy Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Also called Id ul-Adha, Eid ul-Adha and Bakr-Id, the festival is touted as “sacrifice feast”. It is believed that when Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael, Ibrahim obeyed him by sacrificing his goat instead of his son. The word “bakri” means goat, therefore giving rise to the name – Bakr-Id. The festival is called Id-ul-Adha in Arabic and Bakr-Id in the Indian subcontinent. Eid al-Adha 2017 is expected to be celebrated in India in as grand a manner as every other year. ALSO SEE Mumbai’s top 10 places for delicious Ramadan food! Also Read - Pakistan Fighting For Kashmir Cause at Every Forum: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Eid al-Adha 2017 date in India

Traditionally, the festival of Eid al-Adha is celebrated two days after the beginning of the Hajj pilgrimage. The starting date of this festival depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon. It begins on the 10th day of the one of the holiest months of the Islam calendar. This year, Saudi Arabia’s High Judicial Court (HJC) has announced that, based on confirmed sightings of the new moon crescent, the first day of the Eid al-Adha Muslim festival will be Friday, September 1, 2017. The moon was sighted on August 22 leading to this date for Eid al-Adha. However, for India and Pakistan, the festival falls a day later. Therefore, Eid al-Adha 2017 date in India is September 2. Also Read - Eid al-Adha 2019: Best Bakr Eid Mubarak SMS Messages, WhatsApp, GIF, Facebook Quotes to Wish Your Loved Ones

Eid al-Adha celebration in India

Traditionally, Eid al-Adha is a 4-day celebration. Many Muslims in India celebrate this festival from the 10th to 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha with great devotion and enthusiasm. For people in Saudi Arabia, it is a 16-day public holiday beginning on Thursday, September 1. Other places like Ghana, Turkey, and Philippines too have public holidays for this festival. In India, it is a 4-day festival with people celebrating with prayers, greetings and gifts. Muslims wear new clothes, attend open-air prayer sessions and also participate in celebratory processions in some areas. Mosques like Jama Masjid in Delhi host massive prayer sessions attended by a large number of devotees. Based on the legend behind the origin of the festival, many Muslims may sacrifice a sheep or goat and host a feast inviting friends and family members. It is a gazetted holiday in India with several public places and shops remaining closed on this day. Also Read - UP: RSS Affiliate Muslim Rashtriya Manch Urges Members to Cut Cakes Instead of Goats, Stokes Controversy