August 11, 2019 marks the first day of the four days long celebrations. Eid al-Adha begins with the Muslims visiting the mosque for their morning prayers. The day begins with the name of Allah and ends around a big family gathering. The day consists of gifting and exchanging of cards as well.
Sending my best wishes to Muslims in Canada and around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha and the end of the Hajj. Eid Mubarak! pic.twitter.com/OqxF1AkwK9
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 11, 2019
Several people have a misunderstanding that Eid al-Adha is the same as Eid al-Fitr. The confusion is because both are called EID. However, both have separate significance and annual dates. Eid al-Fitr is a September festival that occurs right after Ramadan.
Popularly, Eid al-Adha is a four-day festival. But, the number of public holidays vary in different countries. The Arab countries, observe a nine-day holiday. In the year 2019, Eid-al-Adha will start from the eve of 11th August and last till the eve of 15th August.
What exactly is “Eid al-Adha”?
Eid al-Adha is a popular Muslim festival. It is also referred to as the Feast of Sacrifice. People also call it the Greater Eid. The festival honors the sacrifice of Prophet Abraham. Popular religious texts reveal the Prophet Abraham sacrificed his son Ishmael. It was an act of submission to Allah’s command.
I wish all Muslims in Nigeria and around the world happy and joyous Eid el Kabir celebrations. The greatest commitment Muslims can show to Islam is to put its good virtues into practice, and to make justice and righteousness the guiding principle of everyday life. #EidMubarak
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) August 11, 2019
The dates of Muslim festivals vary with the positioning of the moon. Consequently, there are no fixed dates of Eid al-Adha. The dates vary every year according to the moon.
The dates of the major festivals are revealed by the annual Islamic calendar which is called Dhu’l-Hijjah
Furthermore, the Muslim festival falls on different days in different parts of the world. This is because the dates also depend on the location as well as the region.
Eid follows the dates of Hajj
Just like all the Muslim festivals, the dates of Hajj are also determined by the moon. Hajj is referred to as one of the most important pillars of Islam. Moreover, every year Eid is scheduled two days after the dates of Hajj.
“Eid al-Adha” – Celebrations
The celebrations of this traditional Muslim festival begin with the morning prayer at the mosques. The day is exceedingly celebratory. The men, women, and children dress up in their best outfits.
In fact, exchanging clothes as gifts is a tradition during Eid al-Adha. Also, the day is awaited for its traditional delicacies.
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The major part of the celebrations includes sacrifice. Traditionally, Muslim families slaughter animals. Additionally, the Islamic rules state, the animal should be a perfectly healthy adult. This sacrificial meat is known as Qurbani. The sacrificed animal is then cooked and divided into three equal parts; the household, relatives and friends, and the poor.