When is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid-ul-Adha, Eid-ul-Aza, Eid-ul-Zuha, Hariraya Haji or Bakr-id; The ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. This festival is also known as Al Eid Al Kabir, which means ‘Grand Eid’. Religiously it has a very important status because Eid lasts four days, but Eid al-Fitr is one day, although most countries observe the same number of public holidays for both Eids. This festival is celebrated all over the Muslim world, in memory of the Prophet Abraham who agreed to sacrifice everything for God. Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day of the twelfth and last month of the Islamic calendar, Dhu al-Hijjah. Depending on the exact day lunar views, the date may vary between countries.
Traditions of Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha concludes Mecca pilgrimage Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates the acceptance of Ibrahim (Abraham) to show obedience to God by sacrificing his son. The same story appears in the Bible and is familiar to both Jews and Christians. One important difference is that Muslims believe that Ishmael was the son of Isaac, as stated in the Old Testament. Eid al-Lahma, meaning ‘meat Eid’ According to the Qur’an, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to do something else as a ‘great sacrifice’.
In the Old Testament, it was Ram who sacrificed instead of the son. In Islam, Ishmael is considered the Prophet and the ancestor of Muhammad. At the feast of Eid al-Adha, Muslims re-enforce Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. One-third of the meal goes to friends and relatives, one-third is eaten by the family, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.
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In Egypt, the festival is often referred to as Eid al-Lahma, meaning ‘meat Eid’. Giving alms in the form of money, food or clothes to the homeless or the poor is another important tradition of Eid al-Adha. More details to click given below link…