Moslems throughout Nigeria celebrated the beginning of the festival of Id-El-Kabir last Tuesday (24 December).?
Moslems throughout Nigeria celebrated the beginning of the festival of Id-El-Kabir last Tuesday (24 December). In the northern Nigerian town of Kataini, the occasion was marked with the pomp and pageantry traditional to the area, and the annual festival.
Katsini's celebrations were led by the region's Chief Imam, and were attended by the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Usman Nagogo. The faithful turned up in their thousands to watch the Emir begin a colourful parade through the ancient city from the prayer-ground on the outskirts.
Id-El-Kabir is one of the great festivales of the Moslem year. It coincides with the prayers of those who have completed their pilgrimage to Mecca, a journey each Moslem must make at least once during his life. The three-day celebration symbolises the sacrificial offering by Abraham of his son Isaac. So, during the festival each Moslem family sacrifices a cheep.
This year the festival which comes during the last month of the Moslem year, coincided with the Christian Christmas festival. To mark the occasion, Nigeria's Head of State. General Yakubu Gowon, coined a special message of goodwill during his address to the nation. He wished his people "a happy and merry unique Sallaxmas" -- combining the Moslem greeting of Barka Da Sallah and the Christian Merry Christmas.
SYNOPSIS: Moslems in Katsini, northern Nigeria, gathered last Tuesday to begin the annual festival of Id-El-Kabir. The city's Emir, Alhaji Usman Nagogo, attended the celebrations as the faithful were led in prayer by the Chief Imam.
Id-El-Kabir is one of the great festivals of the Moslem year ... and the celebrations extend over three days.
During the festival, sheep are sacrificed to sympbolise Abraham's offering of Isaac. Each Moslem family, however poor, makes this offering during the festival.
Katsini traditionally celebrates the festival with much pageantry. This year the Emir led a parade of over one thousand through the city.
The beginning of Id-El-Kabir coincides with the prayers offered by Moslem pilgrims to Mecca. Each Moslem must make the pilgrimage once during his life, and those who have completed it celebrated the event in prayer.
This year, Id-El-Kabir coincided with the Christian Festival of Christmas ... and Moslems and Christians celebrated alongside each other.