Eid Mubarak. May peace and love prevail.

Eid Mubarak. May peace and love prevail.

Eid Al Adha is one of the holiest celebrations in the Islamic calendar. The holiday known as the Feast of Sacrifice represents the end of Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that lasts three to four days. The Quran recommends all Muslims make the journey at least once in their lifetime.

What is Eid Al Adha?
Muslims celebrate this day as a reminder of the time in which Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son but was told by God to sacrifice an animal instead. The celebration symbolises Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah

When will Eid Al Adha start?

The start of Eid Al Adha is determined based on the lunar cycle, which means the festival falls on a different date every year. In 2016, it was expected to fall on 11 or 12.

How is Eid Al Adha celebrated?

Depending on where you are in the world, Eid Al Adha could be celebrated on a different day. Muslims start out the day with a morning prayer and then exchange gifts and food among family and friends. They are required to share their food and money with the poor so they can also take part in the celebrations. Worshippers typically slaughter an animal like a goat or sheep. For those who make the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, they are expected to perform two rituals. The first is a lesser pilgrimage known as “Umrah,” or a journey to Mecca at any time of the year. The second is the main pilgrimage, known as “Hajj.” During these rituals, worshippers are to circle the Kaaba, believed to be a shrine built by Ibrahim and pray to Allah. The festival is traditionally four days long, but the celebration of the public holiday varies depending on the country.

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