Nepal is 81 percent Hindu, nine percent Buddhist, and only 4.5 percent Muslim. Yet, “Bakra-Eid”, also known as Edul Aajaha, is a public holiday in Nepal.
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Bakra-Eid is more of a “holy day”, while the “other Eid” (Eid ul-Fitr) that marks the end of the Ramadan fast, is more of a “holiday” with an emphasis on fun and merry making.
Muslim men in Nepal head out early to the mosque on Bakri-Eid, outfitted in their best clothes, They offer prayers and recitations to Allah and listen to a special Bakra-Eid message, which often recounts the Koranic story of Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael to Allah. Allah ultimately spared Ishmael’s life at the last moment by providing a goat to be sacrificed in his place.
After exchanging festive greetings at mosque, people head home and slaughter the sacrificial animal, be it a goat, sheep or other livestock. A third of the meat is then kept for a family feast while another third is given to the poor and a final third to relatives and friends.