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PEACE BE UPON YOU: Muslim brethren exchanging greetings after prayers at the Chamarajpet Idgah Maidan in Bangalore on Monday. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar
PEACE BE UPON YOU: Muslim brethren exchanging greetings after prayers at the Chamarajpet Idgah Maidan in Bangalore on Monday. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Attired in crisp white traditional attire, Muslims across the city congregated at Idgah maidans for special prayers to mark Bakrid, the festival of sacrifice.

Large idgahs such as the ones on Millers Road, Chamarajpet, Tannery Road, Mysore Road and the Sirsi Circle flyover, to name a few, saw huge crowds till noon. The traditional festivities, of course, began after the prayers were over, with sweets being exchanged and people sitting down with friends and family for a hearty Biriyani meal. People visited friends and relatives through the day to exchange sweets and greetings.

As Moinuddin Sait, a shopkeeper from Benson Town, points out that it is also a festival where an act of charity is given importance. “Though not everyone follows this, many of us use this opportunity to distribute our wealth and fortunes among the poor and needy,” he said. Mr. Sait's parents, who just returned from Haj this week, he says, are giving alms to a large number of people. “It is a pious occasion,” he says.

Sacrifice

This festival is celebrated to remember the historic sacrifice by Prophet Ibrahim, who was asked to forfeit his son as a test of his faith, it is believed. Families who can afford to sacrifice a goat on this day do so to mark this. This is shared among the family, relatives and the poor, said Tehreen, whose family spent the better part of the day catching up with relatives and meeting friends to wish them on the occasion.

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