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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, India celebrates Eid-ul-Adha Eid-ul-Adha
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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, India celebrates Eid-ul-Adha

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Aug 2020, 09:07 am

Kolkata: Amid COVID-19 outbreak and rising cases across the country, India is observing  Eid-ul-Adha on Saturday.

Muslim devotees arrived in mosques to offer prayers during the second most important festival of the people following the Islamic religion.

People have to maintain social distancing and other norms while celebrating the festival this year.

President Ram Nath Kovind urged people to maintain social distancing norms to prevent COVID-19 spread.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind's official Twitter handle posted: "Eid Mubarak! Idu’l Zuha symbolises the spirit of sacrifice and amity which inspires us to work for the well-being of one and all. On this occasion, let us share our happiness with the needy and follow social distancing norms and guidelines to contain COVID-19 spread."

Wishing Indians on the occasion, PM Narendra Modi tweeted: "Eid Mubarak!
Greetings on Eid al-Adha. May this day inspire us to create a just, harmonious and inclusive society. May the spirit of brotherhood and compassion be furthered."

Eid al-Adha, commonly known as Bakri Eid in India, is the second of the two holidays, coming months after Eid al-Fitr. The three-day festival starts on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. It also marks the end of the annual Hajj (Pilgrimage) to Mecca.

According to Islam, Eid al-Adha started off to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his young son in obedience to God. Pleased with his devotion, the Lord spared him the misery and was told the sacrifice was already granted.

The traditional ritual consists of the ritual of sacrificing animals like goat,  buffalo,  cow or camel.

The meat is then divided into three parts. One third of it is retained by the family. The second of the third is given to friends and relatives. The poor and needy, feasts on the remaining third.