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What Eid al Adha 2022 Means, Popular Foods to Eat

Eid al Adha
Written by See Africa Today

Eid al Adha 2022, also known as Bakra Eid is yet again with us. Although it’s a preserve for Muslims globally, but it’s also an auspicious event even for other religions.

There are approximately 446 million Muslims in Africa out of a total population of 1.02 billion people. As a consequence, the continent is home to 27 per cent of the world’s Muslim population.

Islam is accessible to every person on earth, regardless of their colour, culture, educational level, sex, or social background. Its main principles of faith are establishing peace with ourselves, with Allah, fellow man, and even with the environment.  All of these are dictates of the teachings of Islam.

It allows us to live in harmony with the entire cosmos. We tell you everything you should know about this day and its relevance to the Muslim faith.

Which Eid is Bakra Eid?

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Eid al Adha 2022. Photo/Tri-city Herald

Eid al Adha 2022 gives Muslims an opportunity to celebrate the occasion of Eid. Bakra Eid symbolizes joy and peace among families, relatives, and friends. It marks an era of forgiveness and happiness.

Holding grudges is not allowed during this time making it one of the most important religious holidays in the Islamic calendar.

Is Eid Al-Adha and Bakra Eid Same?

Eid ul Adha is the same as Bakra Eid literally translating to “the feast of sacrifice.” The Muslim Community celebrates it on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar.

Why Eid al Adha is Celebrated?

It is the larger of the two primary festivals commemorated throughout the Islamic calendar – the other being Eid al-Fitr. It is a commemoration of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) commitment to carry out Allah’s command by offering the life of his son Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of obedience.

In response to Ibrahim’s willingness to offer his own son as a sacrifice, Allah presented him with a lamb for sacrifice. The lamb appeared moments before Ibrahim sacrificed his only son. Animals are ritually put to death as a means of remembering and commemorating this intervention.

The family that donates the animal gets to keep some of the meat for themselves. The remainder of the animal’s provisions goes to the less fortunate and those in need.

Tradition calls for the exchange of treats and presents, and the visitation and greeting of members of one’s extended family. You’d also be right by referring to Eid ul Adha 2022 as the Greater Eid.

How do You Wish Someone on Eid ul Adha?

The Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha begins on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and continues for a total of four days. This holiday is based on the lunar calendar. The dates on the international (Gregorian) calendar move around 11 days earlier every year. This occurs because the calendar is based on the Julian calendar.

Nevertheless, there are several ways to wish each other a blessed Bakri Eid. Here are a few samples.

  • May your life be full of happiness and positive energy as a result of the auspicious holiday of Eid ud-Adha. I hope you and your family have a happy and blessed Eid.
  • May Allah direct your path always and bless your life with the light and joy that you want. Best wishes to you and your family on the occasion of Bakrid.
  • On this joyous day of Eid al-Adha, I am sending you and your family loads of love and best wishes for the year ahead. I pray that Allah brings you both good health and times of joy throughout your life. Eid Mubarak!

What Food is Eaten on Eid al-Adha?

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Eid al Adha 2022. Photo/Daily Sabah

No matter how you feel about it, the importance of food during Eid al-Adha 2022 is undeniable. It is the beginning of the season for eating excessively and having barbecues.

When we think about the sacrifice, our eyes well up with tears, but when we think about the meal, our mouths start to moisten. Eid is a celebration that is unlike any other, and food is a significant part of these celebrations.

These are the seven most popular foods during Eid.

  • Goat meat
  • Kebda (mutton liver)
  • Galawat ka Qeema
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Bihari Qeema
  • Beef Nihari
  • Beef Biryani
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