Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bakri Id Festival

Bakri Id festival is on 15th of October in 2013, Tuesday.

Major festival of Muslims

Bakri Id is a major festival of the Muslims. It is also known as Id-ul-Zuha. It can also be said to be the most important Muslim festival. Bakri-Id is generally known as the festival of sacrifice. It is celebrated from the 10th to the 12th day in the Muslim month called Dhul Hijjah.

Legend associated with Bakri Id

Legend says that it all started with the direction of Allah to patriarch Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail. Allah had wanted to test Ibrahim’s faith in Him He also did not spare the son and tested the son’s faith on his father. Before the sacrifice, as it would be difficult to witness the death of the son, Ibrahim had blindfolded himself. But miraculously when Ibrahim opened his eyes, he was overjoyed to find his son safe and instead saw a dead ram or lamb in his place. To commemorate this supreme honor of the most difficult test of faith, Muslims all over the world sacrifice an animal on the occasion of Bakri Id and remember the sacrifice of Ibrahim. This animal is generally a goat known as Bakr in Urdu from which the name Bakri of the festival name has been derived.

This festival is also important for Muslims as it coincides with the anniversary of the day when the composition of Quran is believed to have been completed. On this day, thousands of Muslims set out for their famous pilgrimage or Haj to Mecca. They gather to offer prayers in the thousands of mosques all over the world. The pilgrims who reach the grounds of Mina do follow the ritual of sacrificing an animal in accordance to the major tradition followed in this festival. The pilgrims also shave their heads. After the ceremony is over, the sacrificial meat is distributed among the near and dear ones.

Bakri Id - Customary Tradition

The day of Eid is never fixed as per English calendar as it depends on the sighting of the moon. As per the customs, the pilgrims who go for Haj collect seventy pebbles. These pebbles are symbolical of the action of driving away the evil or Satan. The Muslims believe that Satan had tried to prevent Prophet Ibrahim three times from carrying out his promise of the supreme sacrifice. This ritual is symbolic of condemnation of evil that has since time immemorial tried to dissuade man from attaining divine blessings. Similar rituals exist in all other religions where the evil is condemned.

Muslims prepare special delicacies and sweets on the occasion. The day begins with a holy bath. People wear new clothes and offer prayers. They visit each friends and relatives and exchange greetings. Special ceremonial prayers and grand feasts are an integral part of the celebration. The Muslims embrace each other lovingly and express warm feelings of brotherhood.

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