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Bakrid or Idul-Azha- important Muslim festival

Eidgah or Idgah is an open-air mosque usually outside of city (or at the outskirts) to perform Eid salah. It was a practice of Prophet Muhammad to perform Eid Salaah in Eidgah at the outskirts of the city. Hence, It is Sunnah to perform Eid Salaah at the Eidgah. The very first Eidgah was at the outskirts of Madina nearly 1000 footsteps from Masjid-e-Nabawi.


Bakrid or Idul-Azha the festival of sacrifice, is the second of the two important festivals for Muslims in the state. In Kerala, as in other parts of the world, the day begins with every member of Muslim households dressing up in their best attire for prayers at the Id-Gah, the wide open space set aside for public prayers in towns and villages. The congregational prayers are led by the Imam.

After the ceremonial Id prayer, the Imam addresses the devotees, exhorting them to be conscious of their duties to God. Once the sermon is over, it is time to exchange greetings and the customary hug to signify brotherhood. The festivity continues at homes with celebratory feasts and social visits. Muslim women in Kerala pay visits to the neighbouring homes and take part in singing and dancing. In the evenings, special meetings are held in which members of non-Islamic communities participate. Such meetings are perfect examples of the spirit of tolerance and mutual friendship that exist between communities in the state.

The other more important Muslim festival is Idul-Fitr, which comes after a month of strict fasting. In certain parts of Kerala, some new practices in connection with the celebrations have been introduced like the invitation to members of sister communities to participate in Id functions.

Eid celebrations were somewhat split in the state with most of the state going ahead with festivities Friday while Kasargode district did so the day before.

The very first Eidgah in Kerala was at Thalassery.

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