Eid-al-Adha, Bakrid or the Feast of Sacrifice is among the most significant and auspicious festivals observed by the Muslim community all across the world. The pious festival is observed for a good period of three to four days and is primarily the celebration of the Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ishmail’s selfless devotion to the supreme being. Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son’s life at God’s request but impressed by his devotion, God put a sheep in place of Ishmail to complete the sacrifice. Thus, the Festival of Eid-al-Adha! Though not many events are planned for this occasion given its holy nature, here are some splendid ways to celebrate Eid-al-Adha.
Attend Special Prayers
Eid Salat or the Eid namaz hold utmost importance. It is a highly recommended act of worship. Begin your day with the morning Salat-al-Eid in either Mosque or at home. It will also be a nice way to bring the whole family together in worship and begin the day on a religious note. Also, be a part of the Dua following the prayer.
The festival’s symbolism primarily lies in performing the Qurban of the animal. One can choose from a goat, cow, sheep or camel to begin the sacrificial proceedings. Also, don’t forget to distribute at least 1/3rd of the Korban meat to the unprivileged.
There is a saying by the Prophet Muhammad that goes, ‘Those who perform Hajj properly will return as a newborn baby (free of all sins).’ Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam that refers to the pilgrimage to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) while performing a set of religious rites. Thus, on the holy festival of Eid-al-Adha, what could be more fulfilling than circling the huge black Kaaba Shrine (built by Ibrahim) and feeling a lot closer to God.
No festival feels like one without the lovely decorations! Bring on the festive spirit by getting all crafty and artistic. Involve all the family members and spruce up your home for Eid with fairy lights in paper lanterns, cutouts of the crescent moon, flower arrangements, origami and more.
There is nothing more satisfying than trying out age-old recipes handed over by elders of the family and enjoying the slow-cooked biryani, kebabs and much more. Thus, one way to celebrate Eid-al-Adha splendidly is to prepare your favourite treats and scrumptious Eid sweets.
Make Donations to the Less Fortunate
It is a must at the festival of Eid to make donations (according to one’s status) in terms of food, money or clothes to the less fortunate. You can also donate to charities that further help people in need.
‘Exchange presents with one another, for they remove ill feelings from the heart.’, said the Prophet. On Eid, people traditionally greet each other by visiting houses. Do not show up empty-handed and surprise your loved ones with stunning Eid-Al-Adha gifts. Your gift should be well-thought-out, affordable and most importantly, Halal. Also, if you are unable to mark your presence in person, you can always go online, place your order and get an Eid-al-Adha gift delivered to the UAE.
Know the History
The elders in the family can take the younger ones on a trip down history. After all, there is much to the festival than what meets the eye. Besides, educating the younger generation about their religion’s history is important.
Now that you know how you can celebrate Eid-al-Adha, mark it memorable and meaningful on your own or with your family & friends. Last but not least, here are some places you can visit in Dubai to celebrate Eid-al-Adha to the fullest.