Eid El-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, is considered the most important Muslim holiday – for this reason it is also called Eid El-Kubra (The Greatest Feast).
In lunar Muslim calendar, the holiday falls on the 10th day of the month El-Hijjah and it’s one of the main points of the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mekkah )
The holiday commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice to God his own son, Ismail. Before it happened though, God granted Ibrahim with two sheep that were killed instead of Ismail.
HOW IS CELEBRATED ?
The celebration begins early morning, when people go to the mosque to pray and listen to the sermon. Later on, every family sacrifices a lamb and divides its meat in three parts: for the poor, for their relatives and for their own household.
It’s a holiday of joy and happiness. Every house is open for guests and tables are full of cakes, snacks and traditional dishes which differ from one region to another
WHEN DOES IT TAKE PLACE ?
The four-day religious holiday begins on the third day of the annual Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims who are physically and financially able are required to undertake once in their lifetime — some saving their whole lives to make the journey.
Because the timing of the festival depends on the sighting of the new moon, countries around the world sometimes celebrate it on different days, though most follow Saudi Arabia’s lead as it is the host of the Hajj.
This year, it will start Sunday the 10th August and end Thursday 15th of August.
Eid Mubarak (pronounced EED muh-BAR-ack) and Eid Saeed are routine greetings used during the observance to offer best wishes.
by GE Hunter