One of the holiest occasion for Islams around the world, Eid-al-Adha is being celebrated on Wednesday with utmost fervour and gaiety through prayers with the promise of making the world a better place to live in.
Assam also is celebrating this auspicious festival with enthusiasm and devotion. All the idgahs and mosques across the state have been decked up for the celebration are seen being filled with huge numbers of people present to offer prayers.
Eid-al-adha or the 'Feast of Sacrifice' is celebrated to honour the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience towards God. God then replaced the body of his son with a ram. In commemoration of this act, an animal is sacrificed and the portions of the sacrificed animals are distributed in thirds between the family, friends and the poor.
On this day, people wear their finest clothes, visit the mosque to pray and meet their family and friends.
The festival, also known as Bakrid, is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, and two days after the beginning of the Haj pilgrimage. However, the date of the festival depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon.
On the occasion of Bakra Eid, a holiday has been announced by schools and government offices tomorrow across many states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings on the occassion through Twitter saying, "Best wishes on Id-ul-Zuha. May this day deepen the spirit of compassion and brotherhood in our society".
President Ram Nath Kovind, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Governor Jagdish Mukhi also extended their greetings on Eid-al-adha.