Celebrate Eid al Adha
What is Eid-al-Adha?
Eid-al-Adha or ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ is a Muslim holiday with coincides with the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It takes place on the 10th day of the Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic Calendar.
Ibrahim, a prophet, was commanded by God to sacrifice his adult son, Ishmael. The devil tried to convince Ibrahim to disobey, but he refused and threw stones at the devil to force him to leave. Ibrahim took Ishmael to Mount Moriah, but an angel stopped him and gave him a ram to sacrifice instead. Ibrahim had proven his devotion to Allah, so his son was spared. These events are remembered and celebrated at Eid al-Adha and because of Ibrahim’s actions, this celebration is also referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice.
How is Eid-al-Adha celebrated?
For Muslims who are performing the Hajj in Saudi Arabia when Eid al-Adha begins, they throw pebbles at three pillars in the city of Mina, the place where they believe Ibrahim threw stones at the devil. For other Muslims, Eid al Adha is celebrated by dressing nicely in new clothes and visiting the Mosque for special prayers, before spending time with friends and family and feasting on delicious food. Traditionally, an animal would be sacrificed and its meat would be shared three ways with a third being kept to eat, a third given to the immediate family and the final third donated to the poor. This tradition still exists in some Muslim countries, however in those where this practice is not allowed, a large piece of meat is purchased and still shared out in the same way. In the UK, the day may be rounded off by visiting funfairs or festivals held for the occasion, great fun for parents and their children. This year sees a new set of challenges, as Eid celebrations are affected by Covid-19 and social distancing, so many gatherings and events have been arranged and altered with this is mind so the occasion can still be celebrated in all of its glory.
When is Eid-al-Adha this year?
Celebrate Eid al Adha 2020 in the UK; it started on the evening of Thursday 30th July and runs to Monday 3rd August. The dates of Eid change year-on-year in the UK as they are governed by the sighting of the moon’s crescent following a new moon and because the moon’s visibility depends on clear skies and a number of other factors, the exact date of Muslim holidays cannot be predicted with certainty. As the moon is visible at different times in different places in the world, dates of Muslim holidays can also vary slightly from country to country.
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