Eid-ul-Zuha is a Muslim festival to observe which, billions bow down in faith to offer Salah in unison all over the world. It is the second out of the two major festivals of Muslims. The festival is celebrated to revere Prophet Abraham's desire to sacrificing everything for God, even his own son. People are in a festive mood during this time and meet their relatives and friends to wish them good luck.
On this day, people sacrifice an animal as per the ritual which is also known as Qurbani. This animal can be a sheep, goat, camel or even a cow. After the ceremony, the flesh is divided equally among family members and some part is saved for distribution among friends, neighbours and the poor. Bakrid 2023 aka Eid-al-Adha 2023 will be celebrated on 28 June 2023 - 29 June 2023.
History of Id-ul-Zuha
As per the legend in Quaran, Ibrahim was going to sacrifice his own son for God. As he was about to do so, a voice came from heaven and stopped him. The voice asked Ibrahim to sacrifice something else instead of his son and that would be considered a great sacrifice as well.
According to the Old Testament, a ram was then sacrificed instead of the boy. Now, during the feast of Id ul Zuha festival, Muslims re-enact obedience of Ibrahim by sacrificing a ram. It is also known as Bakrid festival.
Major Attractions of Id-ul-Zuha
1. The sacrifice of Cattle. On the Id-ul-Zuha festival, devotees sacrifice a four-legged animal. They then divide it into three parts. One goes to the family itself, the other part to friends and the third to the poor and needy.
2. Tourist Center. The state becomes a religious centre for tourists from all over the country during the Id ul Zuha festival. It is a treat to watch Muslims gathering from different parts of the country or even world and joining as one, in the name of the divine.
3. Religious Rituals. This is one of those festivals that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion. Both women and men start the day by wearing new clothes and then visiting a mosque near them. A special prayer, aka dua, is also recited to bring prosperity and peace in their lives.
4. Festivities. Besides the main feast of the sacrificed animal, several other special dishes are prepared on the Id-ul-Zuha festival. Also, gifts are exchanged among relatives.
How to Reach
If you are visiting Gujarat to attend the Id-ul-Zuha Festival, your best bet is to reach Ahmedabad, the state’s capital. Ahmedabad is a cultural city in Gujarat. It is also the largest city in the state. It is situated at an approximate distance of 951, 527, 1,955, 1,490 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach Ahmedabad via the following routes.
By Air. Gujarat has over 10 airports in total. Some of them are Surat International Airport, Bhuj Airport, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport. Among all of these, a very well-connected airport to all other major cities in India is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. It is located in Ahmedabad.
Delhi - Board AirAsia, Spicejet, IndiGo, Go Air, Vistara flights from Delhi’s IGI airport. The airfares start from Rs.3,000-Rs.4,000.
Mumbai - BoardVistara, Air India, Go Air, IndiGo flights from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,000.
Jodhpur - Board Air India, Vistara flights from Jodhpur Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,000
Jaipur - Board Spicejet, Air India, IndiGo flights from Jaipur International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,000
By Train. Ahmedabad is also well-connected via rail network. It has a train junction by the same name. This railway station is also Gujarat’s largest railhead. This is the western railways’ second-highest revenue-generating station, after the Mumbai division.
Delhi - Board Gujarat S Kranti from H.Nizamuddin Railway Station and deboard at the Ahmedabad Junction.
Surat - Get on board Shatabadi Express from Surat and deboard at the Ahmedabad Junction
Jaipur - Board Ashram Express from Jaipur Junction and deboard at the Ahmedabad Junction
Rajkot - Board Surat Intercity from Rajkot Junction and deboard at the Ahmedabad Junction
Indore - Board GNC Express from Indore JN BG and deboard at the Ahmedabad Junction
By Road. You can also reach Gujarat’s capital Ahmedabad by road route as well. Here are some routes you can take from the following places to reach there. Besides, you can also take interstate buses to reach here from close places. The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation buses service to and from these nearby places.