A young Muslim devotee offers prayers during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Ajmer on July 21, 2021.
A young Muslim devotee offers prayers during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Ajmer on July 21, 2021.
Photo by Shaukat Ahmed / AFP

With all COVID-19 protocols in place, devotees from all over the country offered namaz on Wednesday on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha.

In order to stay safe from the second wave of COVID-19, people kept mostly to their houses. People who attended mosques maintained Covid-appropriate etiquettes.

The holy festival of Eid-ul-Zuha, also known as the 'festival of sacrifice' or Greater Eid, is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic or lunar calendar. Also known as Eid Qurban or Qurban Bayarami, it marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Eid al-Adha is called Bakr-Id in the Indian subcontinent, because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat or 'bakri'.

According to the Quran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to make something else as a 'great sacrifice'. To mark this occasion, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim's obedience with the symbolic sacrifice of a lamb, goat, cow, camel, or another animal that is then divided into threes to be shared equally among family, friends and the needy.

A young Muslim devotee offers prayers during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Ajmer on July 21, 2021.
A young Muslim devotee offers prayers during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Ajmer on July 21, 2021.
Photo by Shaukat Ahmed / AFP
children embrace during the Eid al-Adha festival, at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
children embrace during the Eid al-Adha festival, at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
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Muslim devotees (L) greet each other after offering prayers during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at Nakhoda Masjid in Kolkata on July 21, 2021.
Muslim devotees (L) greet each other after offering prayers during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at Nakhoda Masjid in Kolkata on July 21, 2021.
Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP
Muslim devotees remove water after a rainfall before others arrive to offer morning prayers on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at Jama Masjid Khairuddin in Amritsar on July 21, 2021.
Muslim devotees remove water after a rainfall before others arrive to offer morning prayers on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at Jama Masjid Khairuddin in Amritsar on July 21, 2021.
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Young Muslim devotees take selfie pictures during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at Jama Masjid Khairuddin in Amritsar on July 21, 2021.
Young Muslim devotees take selfie pictures during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at Jama Masjid Khairuddin in Amritsar on July 21, 2021.
Photo by Narinder Nanu / AFP
Muslims offer prayers at a market on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, in Coimbatore, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Muslims offer prayers at a market on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, in Coimbatore, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
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Muslims offer prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha at Vashi Ullah mosque, in Prayagraj, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Muslims offer prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha at Vashi Ullah mosque, in Prayagraj, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)
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People offer Eid-ul-Adha prayers at heritage Aali Masjid in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir on 21 July, 2021.
People offer Eid-ul-Adha prayers at heritage Aali Masjid in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir on 21 July, 2021.
Photo by Sajad Hameed
Muslim devotees greet as they arrive to offer prayers to mark the start of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at the Taj Mahal in Agra on July 21, 2021.
Muslim devotees greet as they arrive to offer prayers to mark the start of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, at the Taj Mahal in Agra on July 21, 2021.
Photo by Pawan Sharma / AFP
Muslim devotees offer prayers during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Hyderabad on July 21, 2021.
Muslim devotees offer prayers during the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Hyderabad on July 21, 2021.
Photo by Noah Seelam / AFP
Children play after offering prayers during the Eid al-Adha festival, the feast of sacrifice at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi on July 21, 2021.
Children play after offering prayers during the Eid al-Adha festival, the feast of sacrifice at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi on July 21, 2021.
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A man offers Eid-ul-Adha prayers wearing mask and gloves as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 at Aali Masjid in Srinagar, 
 Jammu & Kashmir on 21 July, 2021.
A man offers Eid-ul-Adha prayers wearing mask and gloves as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 at Aali Masjid in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir on 21 July, 2021.
Photo by Sajad Hameed

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