After the annual pilgrimage Makkah, called Hajjaj, Muslims all around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha. This religious holiday, which also goes by the name The Feast of the Sacrifice, falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for a period of three days . It is a holiday that commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael to God.
At the beginning of this religious holiday, Muslim gather in mosques to make solemn prayers to God. These prayers are then proceeded by the exchange of gifts and greetings between friends and family members. When these initial steps are concluded, then the final step of the ritual can be enacted.
During the holiday, Muslims are expected to sacrifice their finest animal. This can be a cow, goat or camel, depending on the culture and the social status of the person exercising this ritual. After that is done, the meat is separated into three parts. One part is retained for the family. Another part is given to friends and neighbors, and the third part is given to the poor and needy. This act, performed while pronouncing the name of Allah, is symbolic of the willingness to make sacrifices in our lives to God, so that one can remain on the path to righteousness.
When is Eid-al-Adha?
|This year (2017)||September 2 (Saturday)|
|Last year (2016)||September 13 (Tuesday)|