Bakrid: Story Of The Sacrifice and it’s Significance

Eid al-Adha that literally translates to
Eid al-Adha that literally translates to "Feast of the Sacrifice". Bakrid is also known as the 'festival of sacrifice'

Bakrid 2018, or Bakra Eid 2018, will be celebrated in India on August 23 2018, as per a government circular. The festival, which will be celebrated by followers of Islam all around the world, is also known as Eid al-Adha that literally translates to “Feast of the Sacrifice”. Bakrid is also known as the ‘festival of sacrifice’ and is the second of the two Muslim annual holidays celebrated worldwide.


Muslims commemorate Bakrid to mark the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his own son as an act of obedience and devotion towards God. Muslims worldwide celebrate the festival by sacrificing a male goat as a symbol of the same sacrifice that Ibrahim had gone through. According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival falls in the months of August or September, but according to the Islamic lunar calendar, Bakrid is celebrated during the month of twelfth or the final month of Dhu al-Hijjah. Bakrid falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Bakrid 2018 Date In India

Jama Masjid in Delhi recently declared that Bakrid 2018 will be celebrated on August 23rd 2018, instead of August 22nd 2018. On account of the holy festival, all central government administrative offices will remain closed on August 23 2018, as per a circular released by the Department of Personnel and Training earlier this month.

When is Bakra Eid?

Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and most sacred month of the Islamic year. It is also when Hajj, a pilgrimage which all able-bodied Muslims are required to complete once in their lives, takes place.

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festival eid

Story Of The Sacrifice:

This festival is a commemoration of Hazrat Ibrahim’s great test of obedience to Allah. Once Hazrat Ibrahim saw a dream in which Allah ordered him to sacrifice his most precious thing. He kept seeing the dream for many days.

Then he described the dream to his wife that Allah wants him to sacrifice his most precious thing. After much discussion, Hazrat Ibrahim and his wife decided to sacrifice their only son for the sake of Allah because their son was most precious for both of them. He asked his son, Ismail for his consent. Ismail readily agreed to be sacrificed for the sake of Allah.

Hazrat Ibrahim was all set to sacrifice his son at the gallows. As he put the sword at his son’s throat, Hazrat Ismail vanished and he was replaced by a sheep. Then there was a prophecy that Allah was only testing Hazrat Ibrahim’s faith. He need not sacrifice his son and he could sacrifice a ram or a sheep instead.

Hence, the festival of Bakrid or Eid-al-Adha came to be celebrated. There are a few guidelines regarding the sacrificed meat in Islam. According to the rules, the sacrificed meat is to be divided into three parts. The larger part of the meat is to be shared with all the poor and needy who cannot afford to have meat or a meal of the day. The two smaller parts are to be shared with friends, relatives and family.

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eid celebration


The significance of Bakra Eid lies in the sacrifice of an animal which is then feasted upon. The animal is gifted to friends and family, distributed among the poor, while, apart is cooked at home. Delicious delicacies are prepared to commemorate this day.

How is it celebrated?

Eid al-Adha, or Bakrid, celebrations usually last for three days. Muslims sacrifice a male goat on the final day and feast on it to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim’s supreme sacrifice and God’s compassion towards him.

Special Foods to celebrate Eid al-Adha

Some of the most delicious Bakrid feast dishes include mutton biryani, mutton korma, mutton keema, bhuni kaleji, as well as range of delectable desserts like sheer khurma and kheer.


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