The government of Nepal has declared the public holiday of Bakar Eid on coming Sunday, i.e. Bharda 18,2074 (September 3, 2017) all over Nepal.
The Muslim community across the country are celebrating Eid-al-Adha, one of the biggest Islamic festivals, with joy and gaiety. Coinciding with the Dashain festival marked by the Hindus, the Muslims gathered at Mosques for prayers together with meeting family members.
In Kathmandu, Muslims gathered at Jamia and Kashmiri, two of the biggest shrines in Ghantaghar.
Popularly known as Bakra Eid, the festival is also a celebration of love and generosity. Bakra Eid is the second biggest festival of Muslims after Eid-ul-Fitr. Families also celebrate the festival inviting their relatives adding the pleasure of culinary delights like sewaii (sweet pudding) and grilled kebabs. The loved ones also exchange greetings of Eid Mubarak, as part of the celebration.
The four-day festival, celebrated in memory of the epical character Abraham’s truthfulness and loyalty to God, is another name for sacrifice and giving. It is celebrated for some 70 days after Ramadan, the holy Islamic month.
We wish a very happy Bakar Eid to all the Muslim Brothers/ Sisters out there.