Celebrations marking Eid al-Adha are being observed under strict COVID regulations across India on Wednesday.
Indian states with large Muslim populations, including Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, have deployed police around mosques to ensure that the areas in and around them are not overcrowded with devotees.
Visuals emerging from different Indian regions show individuals dressed up in fine attire and masks offering prayers at mosques, while maintaining a safe distance from one another.
The one thing that is keeping the Eid spirit intact this year is the aroma of "mutton biryani" in the air that is specially prepared as part of the celebratory rituals , people have revealed on Twitter.
#IndianArmy 's Machhal Brigade celebrated the auspicious festival of Eid with the Awaam of Machhal Kupwara. Namaz was offered at the Jamia Masjid of Machhal . Known for its people friendly approach of engaging with the people of Kashmir 1/2 @manhasvikas41 @CestMoiz @megirish2001 pic.twitter.com/IuqM6yxchY— Dacchan Sentinels (@DacchanSentine1) July 21, 2021
When you eat Biryani on Eid, you are not cheating, you are celebrating.— Rujuta Diwekar (@RujutaDiwekar) July 21, 2021
Eid Mubarak 🙏🏼❤️🤗#EidMubarak
Biryani is not just a food 🍖— Saniya (@SaniyaMihani) July 21, 2021
It’s a love for many….. ❤️
Gonna order to enlight this festive vibes 🥳
Eid Mubarak y'all 🌜
During the #COVID19Pandemic among the 4th Eid celebration ,the 2nd #EidAlAdha2021 prayer done at Mohideen Andavar Jumma Mosque #Thuvarankurichi #Trichy with social distancing on 21.7.2021 with my Grandson Irfan- M.A.Aleem Neurologist #Trichy #Tamilnadu #India pic.twitter.com/7BEX60c2VK— Dr.M.A.Aleem (@drmaaleem) July 21, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind are among the many leaders who have extended Eid greetings to their fellow Indians.
Eid Mubarak!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 21, 2021
Best wishes on Eid-ul-Adha. May this day further the spirit of collective empathy, harmony and inclusivity in the service of greater good.
Eid Mubarak to all fellow citizens. Eid-uz-Zuha is a festival to express regard for the spirit of love and sacrifice, and to work together for unity and fraternity in an inclusive society. Let us resolve to follow COVID-19 guidelines and work for happiness of all.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 21, 2021
Eid al-Adha marks the spirit of empathy and sacrifice, and honours the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to obey God's command.
But before the Prophet Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, Allah provided a lamb for him to sacrifice instead. Therefore, every year during the festival of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world sacrifice an animal - a goat, sheep, cow, or camel.