Eid-ul-Azha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, as described in the Quran. However, there is a misconception in your statement.

Eid-ul-Azha does involve the exchange of gifts and good wishes among family and friends, similar to other Islamic festivals like Eid-ul-Fitr. This exchange of gifts is commonly known as “Eidi” and is a way to spread joy and celebrate the occasion. it is common for elders of the house to give eidi to the younger ones on Eid-ul-Fitr only. However, when I was a child, I always used to think and question why we never get eidi on Bari Eid? I mean, it is still Eid, right? We go for the namaaz, eat vermicelli, sacrifice our animals and distribute the meat, as well as meet our relatives. What is so different about this festival?

Obviously, as a child, you are curious about different things. You often tend to ask questions that normally do not have any specific answers, yet those are valid questions. Upon asking, my mom would always tell me that Choti Eid or Eid ul Fitr is a reward for us after the month of Ramadan, so we get the Eidi as a reward too. Eid ul Azha, on the other hand, is the Eid of those animals that we sacrifice in the name of Allah. So it is more spiritual than just having fun and receiving rewards. Still, it is an occasion that should be celebrated by helping the poor and the needy.

Those things never caught my attention as a child. But as an adult, I get to realize the wisdom that is encapsulated in the entire significance of the two Eids.