Eid Al-Adha is fast approaching but there have been conflicts with the dates of celebration in different parts of India. In this article we have listed all the states and the confirmed dates of Eid Al-Adha 2015.
In most parts of the world, Eid Al-Adha is expected to be celebrated on 24 September, 2015. As for in India, majority states will celebrate the Feast of the Sacrifice on Friday, 25 September. But there are some exceptions, as Islamic committees in some states have declared the official Eid Al-Adha date on Thursday, 24 September.
Traditionally, all coastal regions in India such as Kerala, Mangalore and others, will celebrate Eid Al-Adha on Thursday, 24 Sept. But a recent development in the sightings of the moon in Tamil Nadu has confirmed that Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated on 24 September, the state's Islamic committee decided. Our sources have also confirmed that Bakr Id will be celebrated on 24 September in Tamil Nadu.
As for the rest of the states, Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated on 25 September, 2015.
Unlike Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day of the month. So the festival has not commenced based on sighting of the new moon. In fact, it is calculated 10 days from the day the month of Dhu al-Hijjah begins. Eid al-Adha celebrations last for four days and succeed the Day of Arafah.
Eid al-Adha, also known as "Bakr Id," "Feast of the Sacrifice" and "Greater Eid," is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of submission to Allah (God). Muslims sacrifice sheep, lambs, cows and camels to remember Ibrahim's devotion.
In other parts of the world, such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated on 24 September.