Bakra-Eid being observed today
KATHMANDU: Muslims across the country are celebrating Bakra-Eid with zest and zeal on Tuesday.
The festival, also known as Eid al-Adha, falls on the 70th day after the Ramadan, the nine month of the Hijri (Islamic lunar calendar).
The festival is observed commemorating the moment when Ibrahim, the first of the Old Testament who became ready to sacrifice his son at the command of Allah, the Muslim God, some 1435 years back as per the Hijri calendar, said Mohammad Khursid of Ghantaghar-Jame Mosque.
On this day, Muslims visit mosques, madrasas and Eidgah and offer their prayers to Allah, observe Namaj and exchange greetings to each other. They also observe a stringent dawn-to-dusk fast today.
Reading Namaj, observing Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca Medina), Roja (fasting), offering donations and sacrifices are the five main good deeds supposed to be followed by the Muslim people.
On the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar have extended their greetings to all the Muslims in the country and abroad.