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”.

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”.

Modi said that the day of Eid al-Adha should further the collective empathy, harmony, and inclusivity in the society and added, “Eid Mubarak!”

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: