The Muslim holiday commemorates the day the prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. It is celebrated one day after the annual Hajj pilgrimage ends.
Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha by sacrificing goats. Those who are financially capable purchase goats and sacrifice them. The meat is distributed among the needy, community members, relatives and immediate family. On this day, Muslims also offer special prayers ‘Eid Namaz’ at mosques and homes.
Special food items are also prepared in several Muslim households including biryani and sewaiyan, along with other regional dishes. Celebrations in some families may last for three days. On 22 July, which will be the third day of Eid al-Adha, the Hajj pilgrimage will conclude.