Srinagar, August 01: With COVID-19 restrictions in place around the world including India, Muslims are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Adha taking all safety precautions and maintaining social distancing.
This is the second Eid celebration in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the world. The first Eid- the Eid-ul-Fitr, was celebrated on May 25 this year.
What is Eid al-Adha
Also known as the festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, which is the 12 and last month of the lunar calendar. It also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. However, Hajj was cancelled this year due to pandemic fear.
The festival is celebrated in the memory of Prophet Abraham, who obeyed the command of God to ‘sacrifice’ his first-born son Ismail. However, he was stopped short of sacrificing his son by God and instead ordered him to sacrifice an animal.
(With inputs from agency)