How Is Eid-ul-Adha Celebrated in Pakistan?

Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan is alternatively known as Bari Eid and considered an essential Islamic holiday observed by Muslims nationwide. The day kicks off with prayers and a special sacrifice, while everyone comes together to share and enjoy the festivities and blessings. In this blog, we have compiled some best things about Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan that you will experience nowhere else in the world.

BEST THINGS ABOUT EID-UL-ADHA IN PAKISTAN

We had previously listed some amazing ideas for eid home décor to help you welcome the occasion in a Pakistani way. And now, here are the best things about Bakra Eid in Pakistan:

  • Barbecue Parties
  • Eid Adventures
  • Family Reunions
  • Never-Ending Feasts
  • Sense of Sacrifice

BARBECUE PARTIES

Seekh kababs on a plate complete the eid for Pakistanis
Barbecue parties are the highlight of Eid-ul-Adha

The first and best thing about Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan is barbecue parties. If you hear a Pakistani say that they can’t wait until Eid-ul-Azha, it means they can’t wait for barbecue parties. These parties are among the most awaited festivities of this eid in Pakistan.

The three-day festival is incomplete without tempting seekh kebabs, juicy tikkas, and flavoursome botis, to go with lip-smacking parathas, of course. Not to mention, these delicacies of Bakra Eid give us Pakistanis all the more reasons to be enthusiastic and cheery about this festival.

On a side note, we have also shared a simple guide on how to make your barbecue grill at home when you are running under a budget or don’t want to go through the hassle of shopping for a new bbq kit.

EID ADVENTURES

Man holding the sacrificial animal for Eid
Everything about Eid-ul-Adha is an adventure

From waking up early in the morning to the aroma of delicious breakfast to helping adults preparing packages of meats – everything about Bakra Eid is an adventure in Pakistan. On this day, we say ‘Eid Mubarak’ to our family members, especially to the elders in the house, including grandparents, uncles, and aunts, to collect some Eidi from them.

However, the real adventure for us Pakistanis begins way before the day of eid, when we go to the mandi with our family members and friends to purchase sacrificial animals. Once we bring them home, we just can’t stop admiring them and getting attached to them. We keep them fed and well-taken care of until the day of eid. It hurts a little to let them go, but we all know that they’re in a much better place.

FAMILY REUNIONS

Eid strengthen the family bond
Eid strengthen the bond we have between communities

The next thing on our list of best things about Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan is reuniting with old and new friends, and family members. We greet and wish them ‘Eid Mubarak.’ We share the joy of this auspicious day with them with gifts, sweets, and savouries. These things strengthen the bond we have between families and communities.

Not to mention, Eid in Pakistan is the day when Pakistanis make sure to visit those who are ill and the elderly – the ones who cannot go out to celebrate Eid with everyone. The adult men of the house are also encouraged to visit the graveyard to pay respects to those who are no longer with us.

Owing to the global pandemic, family reunions wouldn’t be the same this year around. We have a responsibility to keep ourselves and others around us safe. You can still hold virtual meetings and bring your family together using free video call apps.

NEVER-ENDING FEASTS

Feasts on Eid-ul-Adha
The food we eat on this day is always extraordinary

The festival of Bari Eid traditionally lasts for three days, while the official holidays for Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan started from Friday. Still, in Pakistan, the case is a little different – the delicacies of Eid-ul-Azha, including Eid-Milan parties and feasts, could last much longer. It doesn’t matter if the three-day festival falls mid-week or at the beginning of the week, Muslims will likely celebrate it throughout the week.

Similarly, almost everyone cooks something extraordinary – something sweet, sour, or maybe something in-between. Considering all this, it wouldn’t be wrong in saying that this Eid in Pakistan is a special occasion and the food we eat on this day is always extraordinary and diverse from our daily meals.

SENSE OF SACRIFICE

Eid-ul-Adha is majorly about sacrificing
Muslims across Pakistan sacrifice their beloved animals

Of all the best things about Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan, nothing compares to sacrificing something beloved in the name of God. During the three days, every [well-to-do] Muslim across Pakistan sacrifice their beloved animals to follow the path of our beloved Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.).

So, these were some of the best things about Eid-Ul-Adha 2020 in Pakistan. We have shared some awesome activities and festivities that set us apart from the rest of the Muslim world. Before we sign off, we would like to mention a few more things.

As mentioned in the former part of this blog, the global pandemic has changed the way we used to interact and celebrate eid in the past. The government of Pakistan is taking all the measures to keep its citizens safe and limit the spread of the Covid-19 by reinforcing social distancing and partial lockdown on commercial and other daily life activities across the country.

Now, it is ultimately our responsibility to keep ourselves and others around us safe. All you need to do is stay at home and not go out until or unless there’s an emergency. Take all the measures of social distancing when you are out there distributing meat in your neighbourhood and family. As much as you want to reunite with your family members and friends, we would advise you to avoid large group gatherings altogether. Keep washing your hands and disinfecting your house every once in a while.

Tell us about your plans to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha holidays for 2020 at kashifabidqureshi@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, Happy Eid!

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Kashif Qureshi
Salam! I am an i-National Marketeer, Business Developer & Realtor Pakistan with a great career history of 19 years. Having lived, studied and worked in multiple countries, I am multi-lingual and I welcome you to my website.

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