Eid Al Adha: Everything you need to know about the muslim holiday

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Eid Al Adha is the second most significant muslim holidays after Eid Al Fitr.

Observed once in a year, Eid Al Adha means ‘festival of sacrifice’. It commemorates Ibrahim’s dedication to Allah by willingly sacrificing his only son Ismail.

However, just as he was about to sacrifice him, Allah provided a lamb for him to sacrifice it instead.

Eid Al Adha is celebrated on the last day of Hajj, an annual islamic pilgrimage (trip) to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. All fit to travel Muslims are expected to make that trip at least once in their life time.

The Ka’bah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslims are expected to go round it seven times and touch the black stone at the corner.
| Photo Source: BBC UK |

This year, Eid Al Adha began on Sunday evening August 11 and will end on Thursday August 15, evening.

How it’s celebrated

Muslims celebrate the holiday by sacrificing a goat, sheep, cow or camel. The sacrifice is divided into three parts.

“At least one third of the meat from the animal must go to the poor or vulnerable people,” states international aid organisation Islamic Relief.

“Traditionally, a Muslim would keep one third of the meat for their family and give the final third to their neighbours,” Islamic Relief says.

On the morning of Eid Al Adha, Muslims go to the mosque for prayers ‘salat’. They dress in nice clothes and thank God for their blessings.

They then visit their family and friends and exchange gifts. In addition, they donate to the poor so they can also celebrate.

During Eid Al Adha, muslims mostly consume salty/savoury foods such as the goat meat. Another savoury food that is consumed is Ma’amoul, an Arabic pastry filled with dates and nuts.

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