Bakrid is celebrated in accordance with the Muslim lunar calendar. It generally falls on the tenth day of the month of Dhul-Hugg according to the lunar calendar of the Islams. This festival is a very prominent festival of the Muslims. Muslims from every corner of the globe indulge in celebrating this festival with great pomp and joy.
They commemorate the sacrifices that were made by Prophet Muhammad, also known as Ibrahim. Bakrid is also known as the Day of Sacrifice among the Muslims. The Muslims feast with their friends and family and they also exchange gifts with each other.
Bakrid and the legend associated
According to the legend, Prophet Muhammad had been instructed by God to leave his wife and son in the middle of the desert. Abraham did not hesitate to do so, and his family was saved by God. Later, Abraham started preaching all the wise words of the Almighty. God again wanted to test how faithful he was, and He wanted him to sacrifice his only son Ishmael. Ishmael was also a great follower of God, and he was ready to do anything. When Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God was extremely happy and He saved Ishmael's life. Abraham's son was replaced with a ram, which was later sacrificed to God.
Things Muslims do on Bakrid
The Muslims have to follow various rituals on Bakrid. They follow each rite and ritual with a lot of dedication. Bakrid is also known as Eid-Ul-Adha.
The Muslim men and women dress up in the new clothes on the occasion of Bakrid. They purchase the dresses long ago and keep them ready for the morning of this special day.
Going to the Mosque
After wearing the new dresses, the Muslims visit the mosque. They perform prayers, also known as 'Dua,' and seek blessings from the God in order to live a healthy, prosperous and happy life.
The Muslims recite Takbir in the mosques before they start praying to the God, and after they finish offering their prayers.
Sacrifice is considered to be one of the most important aspects of the celebration of Bakrid. Generally, animals like sheep, goat, cow, camel, etc. are sacrificed on this day. The animals should meet certain proper standards. The animals are sacrificed after maintaining proper rituals.
Dividing the sacrifice
After the animals are sacrificed, around two third of the entire meat is offered to the poor, and the rest is distributed among the relatives and the immediate family for consumption.
It is one of the most important rituals of the Muslims. They are required to distribute alms to the poor and the needy people.
Visiting friends and relatives
The Muslims visit all their relatives and close ones to exchange the greetings of Bakrid. Bakrid is a happy celebration, and they even exchange gifts with each other.
After the animals are sacrificed, a grand feast is prepared by all the Muslims. This feast is also one of the most eminent rituals of the festival of Bakrid. Friends, family, and relatives feast together to celebrate this great event.
The Muslim women prepare delicacies for the special occasion of Bakrid. These delicacies are served as dessert and kept for consumption for many days after the celebration of Bakrid.
Praying at the end of the day
After the celebrations of the day are over, the family come together to thank God for all his blessings.
Bakrid is celebrated with a lot of excitement among all the Muslims. Like all other festivals of the Muslims, even Bakrid is celebrated with all the complete rituals and rites.