Friday, November 27, 2009

Eid Al-Adha is the Festival of Sacrifice. It falls on the takes place on the tenth day of the Islamic month Dhul-Hijjah and lasts for three days. It takes place one day after Hajj is conducted and can last upto three days depending on the nation. Basically, after Muslims descend Mount Arafat, once Hajj finishes at Mecca in Saudi, Eid is celebrated. It can be said that it is celebrated 70 days after Ramadan.

On the first morning of Eid-Al-Adha, The celebrations are grand as in everyone dresses in their finest while offering their prayers. Prayers are followed by visits with family and friends, and the exchange of greetings and gifts. Also, charity is given a lot of relevance and Takhbir is said out aloud on the first day of Eid (before the prayer) as well as on the remaining four days after prayers.

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham's trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith. The sacrifice can be seen as a prayer where the animal being sacrificed is given to the poor as charity. Normally a part of that meat is also kept by the family. It isn’t an ordinary sacrifice either as certain verses are also recited during the sacrifice. It is a very happy time which is marked by special prayers, visits to family and friends, gifts to children and, of course by food.

On this joyous occasion, we the Manipal University blog team would like to wish you a very prosperous and sacred Eid-Al-Adha.
By Shravani Chatterjee