Muslims offer prayers at the Kaloor Juma Masjid on Sunday morning | Photo B Muralikrishna
Palakkad: Kerala observes 'Bakrid' or Eid-al-Adha on Sunday. Earlier, various Khasis across Kerala had informed that Eid-al-Adha will be observed in the state on July 10. The announcement was made after seeing the crescent moon. It is the first time in two years foreign pilgrims are allowed to perform the Hajj after the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in 2020.
Hajj pilgrims will meet at Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat, a hill about 20 kilometres southeast of Mecca, an important ritual of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The Valiya Perunnal or Baliperunnal is observed on the tenth day of the twelfth and final month, Dhuʻl-Hijjah of the Islamic calendar, to honour the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s will.
Eid Gahs have been organised in various parts of the state, unlike last year when mass Namaz were absent due to strict restrictions given the resurgence of the pandemic.
"This day conveys the message that it is the sacrifice of people who give up their own comforts and devote themselves for the good of others that makes the world bright," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in his Bakrid greetings tweet.
"May the Bakrid celebrations inspire us to radiate the values imparted by these messages in our daily lives," Opposition leader V D Satheesan wrote.
(With inputs from PTI)