Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the Pancasila Ideology Development Agency (BPIP) Yudian Wahyudi stated that the spirit of Eid al-Adha 1445 Hijri is one of the ways to realize national reconciliation.

"Eid al-Adha is one way to realize national reconciliation," Wahyudi noted in the agency's written statement received here on Tuesday.

The BPIP head explained that the celebration of Eid al-Adha, marked by the slaughter of sacrificial animals, can be interpreted as an effort to eliminate the ego in each individual.

Meanwhile, Wahyudi highlighted that in the activity of animal sacrifice, there are two correlated aspects, namely the relationship of humans with nature preservation and with society.

"Sacrifice is a symbol of sincerity," he stated.

He stressed that animal sacrifice holds the meaning of sharing that embodies the spirit of gotong royong, or mutual cooperation.

"It is also a symbol of sharing, giving something very valuable, namely meat. Traditionally, Eid al-Adha is part of mutual cooperation," he emphasized.

He explained that the 2024 Eid al-Fitr is not just a religious ritual but also an opportunity to teach the values of sincerity and sharing in society.

The BPIP carried out the slaughter of sacrificial animals at the Nahdlatul Ulama Family Welfare Institute (LKKNU) in Central Jakarta on Monday (June 17).

The LKKNU slaughtered a total of 23 animals, comprising 18 goats and five cows.

On a separate occasion, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin underscored the need to thoroughly interpret the commemoration of Eid al-Adha that transcends the mere slaughtering of sacrificial animals.

"We do not only slaughter sacrifices but give something for the benefit of many people, sacrificing energy, thoughts, wealth, and sometimes even feelings too," Amin remarked after performing the Eid al-Adha prayer at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.

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