Muslims across the world are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Adha or Bakrid today, 21 July. Observed on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the festival marks the end of Hajj and is one of the most prominent days in the Islamic calendar. On this special occasion, Muslims sacrifice goats and offer ‘Eid Namaz’ at mosques and homes.
People celebrate this holy festival by visiting their close friends and loved ones with greetings, gifts, and messages to spread love. This year, Eid al-Adha is being celebrated amid the fear of resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic after a drop in the number of active cases.
Thus the government has imposed various restrictions including a ban on large gatherings.
On the special day, President Ram Nath Kovid, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and other political leaders took to social media and extended greetings to people celebrating Bakrid.
In his tweet, President Kovind wrote, “Eid-uz-Zuha is a festival to express regard for the spirit of love and sacrifice, and to work together for unity and fraternity in an inclusive society”.
Eid Mubarak to all fellow citizens. Eid-uz-Zuha is a festival to express regard for the spirit of love and sacrifice, and to work together for unity and fraternity in an inclusive society. Let us resolve to follow COVID-19 guidelines and work for happiness of all.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 21, 2021
In a tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Vice-President of India, Naidu greeted people saying, “May this Eid bring peace, harmony, and happiness in our lives”.
Eid Mubarak to all! Eid-ul-Zuha, the festival of sacrifice, exemplifies ultimate devotion to God. May this Eid bring peace, harmony and happiness in our lives.#EidMubarak #EidAlAdha — Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) July 21, 2021
Modi said that the day of Eid al-Adha should further the collective empathy, harmony, and inclusivity in the society and added, “Eid Mubarak!”
Best wishes on Eid-ul-Adha. May this day further the spirit of collective empathy, harmony and inclusivity in the service of greater good.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 21, 2021
Union minister Nitin Gadkari, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Leader of Rajya Sabha Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, and others also wished the public:
Warm wishes on Eid-ul-Adha. May this day bring peace, harmony and good health. Eid Mubarak!
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) July 21, 2021
Greetings and good wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. May this day brings happiness and harmony in our society. Eid Mubarak!
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 21, 2021
सभी देशवासियों को ईद-उल-अज़हा की दिली मुबारक़बाद। ये त्योहार आप सभी के जीवन में सुख, समृद्धि एवं खुशियां लेकर आए।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 21, 2021
आप सभी को ईद उल-अज़हा की दिली मुबारकबाद।#EidMubarak
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 21, 2021
Better facilities, resources by administration and precaution & self-restraint by society can make country free from Corona. United efforts of Government & society have ensured that India is strongly coming out from pandemic. #EidAlAdha #EidMubarak #Unite2FightCorona pic.twitter.com/yvG8Qqpe6p
— Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (@naqvimukhtar) July 21, 2021