Muslims came to Odisha in the 15th Century and with them they brought their cultural heritage to the state. “Eid” literally means feast or festival. The festival is celebrated twice every year. “Eid-ul-Fitr” means “Festival of breaking the fast”, falls after the holy month of Ramazan. In Odisha it follows closely on the heels of the state’s biggest festival Ratha Jatra, both the festivals convey the message of universal brotherhood and it is best experienced at Odisha, wherein in the Muslims have whole heartedly participated in the Ratha Jatra and the Hindu’s have greeted their Muslim friends on Eid. The lavish spread of Biriyani and other delicacies of Eid are shared in the locality and the festive atmosphere prevails all round.
Eid-al-Adha meaning “festival of sacrifice” . The festival is celebrated in commemoration of the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to the almighty, the lord intervened and asked him to sacrifice a ram instead. Hence Eid-al-Adha is also called Bakri Eid. Eid-al-Adha usually falls a little over two months after the Eid-ul-Fitr and falls on the 10th day of the last month of the Islamic calendar year. The festival falls after the Haj pilgrimage.
Since the Muslims like Hindu’s follow the lunar calendar, the dates of the festival varies
As mentioned in the Introduction,Odisha save for minor skirmishes have largely maintained a very peaceful and harmonious communal environment throughout, this can be largely attributed to the fact that each change in socio-political environment left a legacy which has been successfully incorporated in the society by the succeeding generations.