We live in a religiously diverse nation of 1.25 billion people and celebrate many festivals throughout the year. We celebrate many festivals like Holi, Diwali, Rakshabandhan once a year but we celebrate Eid twice in a year.
Most of us who are Non-Muslims rarely know the importance of this festival or why it is celebrated twice a year? So today, we gathered some facts about the importance and significance of Eid and decided to put it on our platform.
Hadith, a record of the traditions and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, says the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha were introduced by the Prophet after he completed his journey from Mecca to Medinah. The very first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated by the Prophet and his followers in 624 CE after they won the battle of Jang-e-Badar.
Eid-ul-Adha is also called Bakra-Eid or the festival of sacrifice. It falls on the 10th day of the twelfth and final month of the Islamic Calender, Dhul Hijjah. It doesn’t involve fasting while Muslims perform Hajj, the holy pilgrimage. It is celebrated to honor the sacrifice made by Abraham to Allah. When Allah commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, he didn’t hesitate for even a second and followed Allah’s command. But as Allah proceed, he replaced Isaac, his son, with a sheep saying that it was the test of his duty and faith and his sacrifice has been accepted.
Eid-ul-Adha signifies sacrifice and acceptance to the god. Muslims sacrifice a goat or a lamb and the meat is divided into three parts. One is for enjoying among the family members, second is for enjoying among friends and the last is distributed to the poor or needy.
It is also called the “Small Eid” opposite to the Eid-ul-Adha which is referred to “Big Eid”. Eid-ul-Fitr indicates the end of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan and beginning of the Shawwal which is the tenth month. Muslims take strict fast in the month of Ramadan and participate in various religious activities like donation and charity. They restrain themselves from alcohol and other pleasures and involve themselves in activities which makes them feel closer to the god.
Traditionally, the celebration of the festival begins with the sighting of new moon. It’s the day of thanksgiving following fasting and worshiping Allah for 30 days.