Eid al-Adha or Eid-ul-Adha is a major Muslim festival celebrated around the world. It marks the beginning of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. In India it is most commonly associated with the sacrifice of a goat which is why it is also called Bakr-Id or Bakar Eid. The festival essentially celebrates the devotion of Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.
Eid al-Adha is the second most revered Eid after Eid al-Fitr which is celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan in June. Eid is a time of celebration and festivity bringing families together in Muslim communities across the world. Delicious food, Islamic tradition and a sense of belongingness characterize Eid al-Adha. In India, there are specific cities that go the extra mile while celebrating this beloved festival. Here we have a list of the best places in India to witness the festivities of Bakr-Id.
The impact of the Mughal Empire on New Delhi’s heritage is visible even today. This is why the city partakes in the festivities of Eid with such splendour. Every year, Jama Masjid sees thousands of people gather together to offer special prayers on Eid ul-Adha. Old Delhi joins the celebrations with restaurants that offer some of the most scrumptious Muslim delicacies. Food stalls pepper the streets with their delicious treats. The vibe of Delhi is infectious around the time of Eid ul-Adha and you’re bound to be swept away by it!
Srinagar’s picturesque landscapes and breath-taking natural beauty is amplified during the time of Eid al-Adha. The capital of Jammu and Kashmir celebrates the festival with much enthusiasm. Special prayers are offered at the Aasar-e-Shareef Hazratbal and local stalls and restaurants are stocked with special delicacies. Parts of the city like Regal Chowk, Goni Market and Lal Chawk bustle with activity as families come together to buy each other gifts for Eid. A lot of people gather at the historic site of Eidgah to offer prayers on Eid al-Adha. Other popular mosques that light up for celebrations on this occasion include Jamia Masjid and Pathar Masjid.
Popularly known as ‘The City of Nawabs’, Lucknow’s culture relies heavily on Islamic tradition. During Eid ul-Adha, Lucknow comes alive! You will witness citizens offering their prayers at the popular Asifi Masjid and at the Aishbagh Eidgah, the largest communal praying ground in the city. The food is especially delicious during this time. Food stalls offer some of the best varieties of biryani and kebab that are sure to leave your taste buds in heaven!
Kolkata celebrates Eid al-Adha with as much enthusiasm as it does with all other festivals. Many parts of the city are lit up and decorated for the occasion. Muslims and non-Muslims come together and join in the festivities.
Hyderabad is the ‘City of Nizams’ and has a rich Muslim heritage imbued in its culture. For Bakri-Id many people head to Charminar for special prayers. Charminar is also the ideal place to try out authentic Hyderabadi food. Other popular spots for celebrations around the city include Masab Tank, Secunderabad and Madannapet. People come together in huge numbers to celebrate this lively festival!
The vibrant city of Mumbai celebrates Eid al-Adha with much fanfare. The mosques in the city are beautifully decorated and see many people gather for special prayers. The Minara Masjid and Haji Ali Dargah are especially crowded. Head to Mohammad Ali Road to try out yummy food that is served to mark this festival!
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