Eid-al-Adha is a very popular festival celebrated globally and especially by the Muslim community. This festival is the second most important festival in Islam after Eid. Muslim people used to celebrate this divine festival by offering special prayers to God and they also offered goats to them and shared the meat with their family and friends. That is the reason this festival is also known as “Bakrid”.
The Muslim community people use it to exchange gifts and greetings with their friends and family members. Bakrid is also known as Bakra Eid, Bakri Eid, or Eid-al-Adha and it is pronounced like Eid-al-Azha or Eid Ul Azha, this name is influenced by the Persian language. Muslim community celebrates this festival on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, which is the last month of the Islamic Calendar.
Eid-al-Adha 2023: History and Significance
Bakrid or Eid-al Adha is known as a “Feast of Sacrifice” because of the story behind celebrating Bakrid. According to the holy book of Muslims prophet Ibrahim had a dream that Allah (God) asked him to sacrifice a thing that is most dearest to him to prove his faith and devotion towards Allah. After that prophet Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his favorite thing in the world his son Ismail to God when he was asked for the thing dearest to him.
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After seeing his devotion and loyalty towards Allah, he replaced his son at the place of sacrifice with a lamb or goat. So, domestic animals like lambs and goats are symbolized as sacrifice and devotion towards God. Hence, this festival symbolizes devotion toward God. Ibrahim ended up sacrificing the goat and then Bakra Eid or Eid al-Adha thus came to be celebrated by our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world.
How do People Celebrate Bakrid in India?
In India, our Muslim brothers and sisters used to celebrate this “festival of Sacrifice” by sacrificing a male goat or “Bakra” which is also known as the symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice. They feast on the meat and then celebrate it with their friends, family, and relatives and also with poor people who need food. They wear new clothes in the morning and offer their prayers at the mosque and give each other well wishes on the auspicious occasion of Eid- Al-Adha.
This year we Indians are all set to celebrate Bakrid from the 28th to the 29th of June. It falls on Wednesday to Thursday in the year 2023 and the holy festival will be celebrated from the 28th to the 29th of June. This is to let you all know that in India Eid-al-Adha is a gazetted holiday in India and all local, state, and national government workplaces shall remain closed.
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Bakrid Special Cuisines
Bakrid or Eid-al-Adha is used to be celebrated every year by the Muslim community to honor great Inrahim’s sacrifice of his beloved son to prove his devotion towards Allah (God). Muslim communities believe to follow a ritual in which they cook the sacrificial meat or goat in the food and distribute it to friends, family, relatives, and needy people. Apart from having meat in Bakrid they also make some special cuisines. Some of the most special Bakrid special dishes are mentioned below.
A delicious chicken biryani is the best dish to make your Bakrid feast special because this delightful Awadhi biryani has a special royal dish. One of the best things about royal dishes is the aromatic fragrance and delicious flavor of different nuts, spices, plants, herbs, desi ghee, saffron, etc. This delicious Awadhi biryani is mainly popular in Lucknow which is also called the “City of Nawabs”.
Eid al-Adha feast is totally incomplete without kebabs. One of the most popular kebabs in India is the Shami kebab. Chicken/lamb meat is used in this kebab with chana dal with spicy masala fillings inside and crispy fried on the outside. So, if you want to enjoy your Bakrid feast with a perfect snack then this delicious kebab can be the best option for you.
If you are a sweet-loving person then sheer khurma can be the best option for you to satisfy your sweet cravings. This is basically a Mughlaio dessert made with fine vermicelli, nuts, and ghee that tastes super delicious.
Dahi Ke Kebab
If you want to add something veg to your Bakrid meal then you can make Dahi ke Kebab. The hero ingredient of this dish is Dahi or hung curd with paneer, flour, and basic spice powders. These veg cutlets or kebabs taste super amazing and are generally served with ketchup or mint chutney.
Afghani Soya Chaap
Afghani soya chaap is also a delightful veg dish that you can prepare during your Bakrid feast. If you are a fitness freak person then this dish can be the best for you because this delicious kebab is made with soya bean which is a good source of plant protein.
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Places to Visit on Bakrid
We all understand the fact that we should celebrate our festivals inside our homes with our close friends and family members but if you are adventurous person then you can travel. This year break the rule of staying inside the home during festivals and just go to various places in India to explore the beauty of our country. If you love traveling and want to explore your country during the holy festival of Eid al -Adha then you must visit different cities in our country where you will get a different vibe of this festival.
Here in this article, I am going to mention some of the exotic cities where you can visit to celebrate Eid al-Adha or Bakrid.
This city is popularly known for delicious delicacies, Charminar, and other Muslim heritages. People use to call Hyderabad the “City of Nizams” because of the strong Muslim heritage associated with this place. In Hyderabad during Eid al-Adha people Use to offer their special prayers and also taste delicious Hyderabadi delicacies near Charminar. Have you ever heard about Hyderabadi biryani? If not then let me tell you that Hyderabadi biryani is an amazing chicken dish that tastes super delicious.
If you want to celebrate your Eid-al-Adha in nawab style then you must visit Lucknow because the city has its own special nawab vibes. Lucknow is popularly known as the “City of Nawabs” because this place was founded by Asaf-ud-Daula. This city served as the capital of the Nawabs of Awadh in old times and this is the reason we call Lucknow the city of Nawabs. During Bakrid you will able to taste some amazing Awadhi delicacies in Lucknow.
A large number of people use to visit Lucknow to celebrate Eid or Bakrid and offer their prayers at Aishbagh Eidgah and Asifi Masjid. So, next time whenever you want to travel during Bakrid then surely visit Lucknow and have the delicious nawab taste of biryani and kebabs on different food stalls.
Nothing can beat the beauty of Kashmir on this earth. The beauty of Srinagar attracts Muslim brothers and sisters during Eid-al-Adha. The Muslim people of Kashmir used to celebrate this holy festival by offering their prayers to Allah and also by having delicious food. Special prayers are offered at Aasar-E-Shareef Hazratbal. In Srinagar, during Bakrid many small and big, and popular mosques are lit up for Eid celebration.
These are some of the best places where you can visit to celebrate Bakrid. Apart, from that you can also visit to New Delhi or Mumbai to celebrate this holy festival of sacrifice with your friends and family members.
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