By Sodiq Lawal
Ile Ife was agog on Friday as Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan, Muslims, Residents, tourists stormed the ancient city for the annual Eidil Kabir festival.
Ife City News tour round the ancient city on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning indicated that various socio- economic and many activities are at their peak for the festival.
Decorations adorn the length and breadth of Ile- Ife with Muslims faithful offering prayers for a successful and hitch-free festival.
Several tourists thronged the Ooni’s palace, as they were seen taking pictures at the palace and beside the
Security personnel, comprising of officers and men of the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Road Safety Commission were present at the eid prayer ground to ensure security.
Armored Carriers (APCs) were also stationed to provide additional and back up security to security officers on ground.
Traders and residents of Ile Ife took advantage of the festival to display their wares while food vendors, souvenir sellers, photographers among others, made brisk business.
Beggers and needy at the town felt so elated as they received countless numbers of gift and money.
According to history, the Eid al-Kabir is translated ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, It is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two.
It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismaeel , as an act of obedience to God ‘s command.
Before he sacrificed his son, God intervened by sending his angel Jibra’il (Gabriel) , who then put a lamb in his son’s place.
In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is
given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family.