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In India, a diverse country where multiple cultures and religions coexist harmoniously, preparations are underway to observe Bakri Eid, also known as Eid al-Adha. This sacred festival holds significance for the Muslim community worldwide. It is commonly referred to as the “Festival of Sacrifice” as it commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to obey Allah’s command by being prepared to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s decree. The Almighty was pleased with his gesture and substituted his son Ismail with a goat. Bakri Eid is celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm.

While the date on the Gregorian calendar varies each year, Eid al-Adha is determined by the lunar calendar and falls within the month of Dhu al-Hijjah. In India, it is expected that Eid al-Adha 2023 will commence on the evening of June 28.

Traditionally, India celebrates Bakri Eid one day after Saudi Arabia. However, this year, Saudi Arabia will observe Bakri Eid on June 28, implying that India will most likely celebrate it on June 29. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will also join Saudi Arabia in commemorating the festival on June 28. Similarly, Pakistan, following a similar pattern to India, has finalized June 28 as their designated day to celebrate Bakri Eid.

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On June 27, several countries including China, Russia, and the United States will commence their celebrations of Eid al-Adha. Conversely, countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and the United Kingdom have chosen June 28 as the date to observe the festival.

Eid al-Adha is observed by Muslims worldwide on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah. On this day, devotees gather at the mosque to perform their prayers, known as the Eid al-Adha namaaz. The prayer can be conducted anytime after sunrise until just before the midday prayer. Following the prayer, the Imam delivers a sermon or khutbah.

During Eid celebrations, many Muslims take the opportunity to promote awareness and understanding of Islam and Muslim culture by inviting their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and students to partake in the festivities.

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