Photo Essay: Eid al-Adha in Delhi and Mumbai – A Celebration of Togetherness
Eid al-Adha or Bakri Eid has been celebrated across the world with grandeur throughout history and this continues even today.
Eid at the ceremonial grand mosque Jama Masjid in Delhi. Built by Shah Jahan this Mughal mosque is the biggest in India. From Shah Jahan to Aurangzeb and lesser mughals like Mohamed Shah Rangeela, Akbar (II) till the last Mughal Bahadur Shah paid visit at Jama Masjid on the day of Eid al Adha. Credit: Shome Basu/The Wire
Eid al-Adha, or Bakri Eid, is celebrated worldwide. Delhi, once the capital of Delhi Sultanate and later for the Mughals, still celebrates it with grandeur. The photos in this series showcase Bakri Eid celebrations in Delhi and Mumbai.
Bakri Eid is the commemoration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as commanded by God.
Lambs, buffaloes and camels are sacrificed, and the meat is distributed among all. Close friends and family come together for this ritual.
Ramparts at Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in Delhi was once called Ferozabad built in the 14th Century by Feroz Shah Tughlaq. It houses the Ashokan Iron pillar and the mosque even houses the Djinns of Delhi. Taimur Shah came to this mosque while he was on his Hindustan campaign for his prayers. Credit: Shome Basu/The Wire
Children running out from a mosque at Ghatkopar west in Mumbai on the day of Bakri Eid to view the Qurbani (sacifice), September 2016. Credit: Shome Basu/The Wire
Hugging a common gesture taking place at a mosque at Ghatkopar West in Mumbai on the day of Bakri Eid. Hindus and Christians too join the festivities, September 2016. Credit: Shome Basu/The Wire
A little girl stands with her goat a mosque at Ghatkopar West in Mumbai on the day of Bakri Eid. She is a bit emotional to leave her goat which will be sacrificed on the auspicious day, September 2016. Credit: Shome Basu/The Wire