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Bakrid (Festival Of Sacrifice, Id Ul-Azha, Valla Perunnal)


Bakrid or Valla Perunnal also called Id Ul-Azha or the 'festival of sacrifice' is another Muslim festival celebrated by Shias and Sunnis alike in Kerala. Bakrid falling on the 10th of Dhul- Hajj, the last month of the lunar year (April) is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to offer his only son as a sacrifice in obedience to God's command.

On Bakrid, people dressed in their best clothes proceed to Id-Gali, the open space set apart for public prayer. There are congregational prayer is held under the leadership of the Imam. At homes, ceremonial prayers and sumptuous feasts form part of the festival.