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.
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.