GUWAHATI, Aug 22 - Id-ul-Zuha, also known as Bakrid � the holy festival of the Muslims marking the end of Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca � was celebrated with devotion in the State today along with the rest of the country.
Id-ul-Zuha, which is marked by the sacrifice feast, commemorates the event when Prophet Mohammad�s faith was tested by the Almighty, and a goat was sacrificed in place of his own son.
Religious fervour and traditional gaiety ruled the roost as people in large numbers celebrated the occasion in a befitting manner.
The city, too, had its fair share of the celebrations, with thousands of pious Muslims congregating in the mosques and Idgah maidans in the morning to offer their namaz, praying for peace, prosperity and blessings.
Bakrid is generally celebrated for three days. Muslim devotees begin the day by visiting mosques and offering their prayers to Allah. In the city, people dressed up in new clothes, greeted each other and exchanged gifts with friends and family, and feasted together. The occasion is also marked by charity, as people help the poor and needy.