Traditions and Rituals
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Eid-Ul-Adha is one of the special festivals of Muslims and all the Muslims celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm. This is an Eid of sacrifice and is known as “festival of sacrifice” and “sacrifice feast”. As the Ramadan month ends,
Eid-Ul-Adha occurs approximately after seventy days. The festival is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhuj Hijja, the Islamic month of the lunar Islamic calendar. Muslims celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha to remember the willingness of prophet Abraham’s to give up Ishmael,
his son for god.
There are number of traditions and rituals associated with Eid-Ul-Adha that all the Muslims follow to pay a tribute to all those great people who have been associated with this festival. As the initial day of Eid-Ul-Adha or Bakr- Eid is a holiday, so Muslims
perform several Eid-Ul-Adha traditions and rituals on that day. The traditions and rituals associated with Eid-Ul-Adha are given below:
- All the members of the Muslim family perform Eid-Ul-Adha prayers (Salah) in large groups on all the three days of Eid-Ul-Adha.
- Muslims wear new and beautiful clothes on the festival of Eid-Ul-Adha.
- Muslims have their breakfast only after they recite their Eid prayer and Sheer Korma is served.
- Once breakfast is done then Muslims sacrifice their domestic animals like goat (Bakr- Eid), cow, sheep or camel on the festival of Eid-Ul-Adha, as a symbol of Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Ishmael.
- The meat of the sacrificed animal is given to all the neighbors, friends, family members and deprived people. It is said that according to the customs, meat has to be divided into three equal parts among the family, friends and neighbors and deprived people.
- Muslims visit houses of their near and dear ones on this festival to celebrate the festival in the best way.
- Delicious food, desserts and beverages are cooked and served on this festival to people who visit any Muslims house.
So celebrate this Eid- Ul- Adha in a very traditional way by following the above Eid- Ul- Adha customs and rituals.