Eid al-Adha 2017 in India
Beginning – Friday, 1 September (Evening)
Ends – Saturday, 2 September (Evening)
5 Hidden facts about Eid ul-Adhaeid Mubarak
Story behind the Celebration
Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to enshrine the willingness of Abraham follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Abraham was a prophet, and his intense devotion to God made him decide between sacrificing his only son. Before he sacrificed his son, God interceded by sending his angel Jibreel (Gabriel), who then put a sheep in his son’s place. God showed his mercy by sparing his son’s life. This fest is also referred as the festival of sacrifice. That is the reason why Muslims celebrate this festival with special prayers, greetings and gifts.
Reason behind “Go home taking different route” belief
It is believed that, on the first morning of Eid-al-Adha, Muslims who attend morning prayer at their local mosque should take a different route (path) of returning home. It is because beliefs say that it gives them the chance to spread greetings and positivity of Islam to different people.
How the date is decided
An Islam’s fest celebrated annually doesn’t have a fixed date. The occasion is decided based on moon-sighting. Reputable boards announce the date when they see new-moon with their naked eyes. Traditionally, it is a four days celebration but depending on countries; Eid al-Adha has a different public holiday routine. On this specific day, Muslim’s visit Hajj Pilgrims for prayer and celebration.
Prayer before sacrificing Sheep
It is important to ensure that the sheep have a particular age and is good for health before sacrificing his life. A Muslim must follow Islamic standards for slaughtering. The term used for slaughtering is “Halal”, and before doing this, there’s a strict rule that the butcher has to pronounce Allah’s name and then it is done by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck causing the animal’s death, but without cutting the spinal cord.
How is the division of Meat done?
After a sheep, camel, cow, buffalo or goat is sacrificed by the name of God, the meat is then divided into three portions. The divisions are then shared among family, friends and poor. Wearing all new clothes and visiting family and friends, Eid al-Adha becomes a reason of warm and friendly gathering.