Along with the rest of the country, Assam too celebrated Eid-ul-Adha, also called ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ or Qurbani, with fervour on August 12th, 2019 as the Muslims offered prayers at the eidgahs and mosques and greeted each other. Early in the morning, donning their white Sayo Kurtos and woven white and gold topis, people offered namaz at mohalla mosques in various parts of the state.
The festival is marked by a sacrificial feast commemorating Ibrahim’s faith tested by Allah. It is said that he was asked to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. Honouring this act, the Muslims slaughter a lamb/goat on this holy day.
The sacrificed ritual is divided into three parts, one share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives. Adding to the festive spirit, several cultural functions will also be organised in the evening.
Marking the festivity, celebratory messages poured in from all walks of life. People from different communities visited the houses of their friends and well-wishers to enjoy the spirit of the festival with sheer kurma and biryani.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi greeted the people of the state on the occasion of the festival. “My heartiest greetings and warm wishes to the Muslim brethren of the state on the occasion of Eid. Since Eid symbolizes sacrifice we should imbibe within us this core spirit of the festival. I also appeal to the people to strengthen the bond of peaceful co-existence and make the state an epitome of peace and harmony,” he said.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal too extended his greetings to the people. “My heartfelt greetings. May the auspicious occasion strengthen our bonds of brotherhood and bring peace, prosperity and joy to all. #EidAlAdha,” Sonowal tweeted.