Following Monday’s riots and fire on the roads of Bangalore over Cauvery verdict by the Supreme Court, for those fearing whether to send their wards to schools or colleges, it is relieving to know that Tuesday remains a holiday for all schools and colleges in Karnataka due to Bakrid, a festival for Muslims.[ALSO SEE: Bangalore Schools, Colleges to be Closed Tomorrow, Wednesday; Offices May Open ]
While some offices may remain open, the tense situation may dissuade many office-goers either to opt for work-from-home option or take leave. The scars of violence are still fresh in the minds of all Bangaloreans today, here is a relief coming in the guise of a festival holiday to soothen the tempers which running high along the Cauvery.
While no statement has been made on purported Karnataka Bandh on Thursday, hopes are high on a peaceful Bakrid tomorrow for Bangaloreans.
Otherwise, Bakrid or the feast of sacrifice is one of the most important festivals for Muslims around the world could not have come on a better occasion than this. The festival on Tuesday, September 12 means sacrifice and it remains whether Karnataka or Tamil Nadu gives in to sacrifice and bring relief to people in these two southern states.
The legend goes that on this day disciple Hazrat Ibrahim who obeyed God’s command and was about to sacrifice his son Ismail. But then God through his Angel Jibrail informed him that his sacrifice was already accepted. The myth says the all followers of Allah are expected to sacrifice something which means a lot to them on this day.
Eventually, Bakrid marks sacrificing a goat and then dividing its meat into three equal parts, to share with their family, relatives and with the poor and needy. Bakrid is all about giving and sacrificing, and it could not have come at a better time than this for Bangalore and Karnataka.