Eid-al-Adha is known by various names in India, the most prominent ones being Eid-ul-Zuha and Baq-r-Eid among the Urdu and Hindi speaking population. At the same time it’s known by other names in other languages too, like Bakr-id-Peru Nal among Tamil speakers.
It is one of the two most prominent festivals (including Eid-al-Fitr) among Indian Muslims. Eid-al-Adha is celebrated for three consecutive days starting from 10th day of Dhu-al-Hijja while the first day of Eid-al-Adha is observed as a national holiday.
Railway stations and airports are all tightly packed with commuters traveling to their home towns to celebrate the festival, while they wear different types of dresses like Kurta, Pajama, Mehndi and other accessories especially meant to be used on the day of Eid by both men and women. Street markets are one of Eid-al-Adha’s main attractions which remain open all night.
A day before Eid-al-Adha most of the Muslims fast while some people do not eat before the Eid-al-Adha prayers too. People buy new clothes and accessories to wear for Eid and go pray with their family members and friends at the Eidgaah (also known as Jama Masjid or large mosque) in their city, town, or village. Once prayer is over, people hug and greet the fellow Namazi’s by saying “Eid Mubarak”.
Post Namazi families carry out Qurbani, in which animals (mostly billy goats) are slaughtered. Their meat is then divided into three parts: one part for family consumption, one part for distribution among neighbors, and the third part for distribution among poor people. People exchange gifts as well as specially made food for Eid like Sewai, Qorma, Biryani, etc.
People visiting each other’s homes to convey “Eid Mubarak” is one of those rare occasions on which you get chance to meet with neighbors, relatives as well as friends.
This article is written by Sharique Hassan Manazir