Bakrid (Eid Ul-Adha) 2023 in India
Bakrid, also known as Eid Ul-Adha, is a significant Islamic festival that is celebrated worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. In India, Bakrid is observed by the Muslim community with great fervor and devotion. The festival is expected to fall on July 27th, 2023, according to the Islamic lunar calendar, and is a time for prayer, charity, and feasting. During this time, Muslims sacrifice an animal, usually a goat, to honor Ibrahim’s sacrifice and distribute the meat among family, friends, and the poor.
Bakrid in India in 2023 Holidays
Known by various names such as Eid al-Adha, Eid ul Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, HariRaya Haji, or Bakr-id, Bakrid is the celebrated Feast of Sacrifice and the most important event on the Muslim calendar. Referred to as Al Eid Al Kabeer, or the ‘Grand Eid,’ this religious festival lasts for four days, making it more significant than the one-day celebration of Eid Al Fitr.
Bakrid Celebration in India 2023
Bakrid 2023 is a significant religious event celebrated globally in the Muslim community, commemorating Prophet Abraham’s unwavering faith in God, demonstrated by his willingness to sacrifice his son. The holiday, also known as Eid al-Adha, is observed on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the final month in the Islamic calendar. Depending on lunar sightings, the Bakrid date may vary from country to country.
This year, the anticipated start of Bakrid or Eid ul-Adha is Wednesday evening, June 28, 2023, and will continue until Thursday dusk on June 29, 2023. The day begins with prayers and a visit to nearby mosques for early morning namaz. The joyous greeting of “Eid Mubarak” echoes worldwide as Muslims rejoice in the festivities.
In India, Bakrid is celebrated with symbolic offerings of cows, goats, lambs, buffalos, or camels, emulating Ibrahim’s obedience. Many Muslim families share the meat of the animal they sacrificed with family, neighbors, friends, and the underprivileged, serving meat-based meals to all Muslims on this sacred day. Sheer khurma, a sweet dessert made from milk, vermicelli, and dried fruits, is also an essential part of Bakrid festivities.
Moreover, Eid Al-Adha marks the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is a time for reflection, gratitude, and an opportunity to strengthen one’s faith and connection with God.