New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wished the nation on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha and hoped for collective empathy, harmony and inclusivity in the service of greater good.
“Eid Mubarak! Best wishes on Eid-ul-Adha. May this day further the spirit of collective empathy, harmony and inclusivity in the service of greater good,” he said.
President Ram Nath Kovind also extended his heartfelt wishes on the festival of Eid-uz-Zuha.
“Eid Mubarak to all fellow citizens. Eid-uz-Zuha is a festival to express regard for the spirit of love and sacrifice and to work together for unity and fraternity in an inclusive society. Let us resolve to follow COVID-19 guidelines and work for the happiness of all,” the President tweeted. Eid-ul-Zuha or Eid al-Adha is one of the two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year.
Eid-ul-Zuha, also known as Bakrid is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, and two days after the beginning of the Hajj pilgrimage in the last month of the Islamic calendar. Traditionally, the starting date of this festival depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon. The festival marks the end of Hajj and involves animal sacrifice as a symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice to Allah.
While the ninth day of Zul Hijjah is celebrated as the day of Hajj, a Muslim pilgrimage, the tenth day is celebrated as Eid-ul-Adha which is also known as Bakra Eid. Eid-ul-Adha is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s absolute dedication to Allah.
Muslims around the world offer Eid-ul-Adha namaz at a mosque after the sun has completely risen and just before it enters the Zuhr time (midday prayer time). The prayer is followed by a sermon by the Imam.