Today is Eid al Adha, one of the most important festivals for Muslims and is celebrated around the world on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. It means Feast of the Sacrifice and is believed to symbolize ultimate sacrifice by Ibrahim to show his immense devotion and love to Allah.
The festival is also popularly called as Bakri Eid or Bakrid as goat or lamb is sacrificed and deemed a sacred offering to God.
Eid al Adha is a story of the willingness of Abraham to perform the ultimate sacrifice at the command of God. The sacrifice was of his own son Isaac and God has asked him to sacrifice on Mount Moriah. At the sacrifice moment, the son was miraculously replaced by a lamb.
In Hadith Islam following people are dictated to sacrifice a goat and keep just one-third of the meat. Another one-third is to be shared with friends, family, and neighbors while the remaining with poor and needy people.
Eid al Adha also marks the end of Hajj pilgrimage, mandatory religious journey by Muslims, to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the other important festival of Muslims is Eid al Fitr and it marks the end of Ramadan month. It is also commonly called as ‘Bada Eid’ and celebrated with much more fanfare. People wear new clothes unlike Eid al Adha and eat something sweet or sewaiyyan.