Eid al-Adha 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, August 11 and ends in the evening of Thursday, August 15 Dates may vary.
Eid al Adha is the second of the two holidays in Islam which are celebrated worldwide each year. It is known as the holier among the two holidays (another being is Eid al Fitr). It is the significant festival of Islam, which means the Feast of Sacrifice. It takes place in the 12th month of Islamic lunar calendar, on the 10th and the last day of Hajj, in the celebration of holy Hajj to Mecca. Muslim from all over the world goes for the pilgrimage to Mecca to celebrate it. Eid al Adha is also known as “Festival of Sacrifice”.
Why is this festival celebrated?
This festival is celebrated in honor of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), who was willing to sacrifice his son Ismael in obedience to Allah’s command. Before Ibrahim (AS) sacrificed his son, by the direction of Allah, angel Gabriel replaced Ismael with a lamb. In remembrance of this petition, this day is celebrated by all the Muslims all over the world each year.
How is this festival celebrated?
Eid al Adha is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS). Muslim celebrate this festive by doing Qurbani means “sacrifice “in Arabic.
On this day, Muslims sacrifice animals, usually a sheep, goat, camel or cow and is divided into three parts. It is necessary to distribute at least one-third meat of animal among vulnerable or needy people. One part is kept for family, and one is distributed among relatives and friends.
In honor of this festival, a special prayer called Salat al-Eid recited in the morning of Eid al Adha. Family and friends gather on this day to exchange gifts among each other and to eat traditional food. Another fantastic thing about Eid is Eidi, which is an Arabic word. It’s a gift that relatives give to kids during Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha.
How the date of Eid al Adha decided worldwide?
Islamic calendar which is called a lunar calendar, because its dates of annual festivals can vary with the different phases of the moon. Eid al Adha is celebrated worldwide by the Muslim on the ten days of month Dhu al Hijjah of the Islamic calendar.
Dhu al Hijjah is the final month of the Islamic calendar; it is a very sacred month in the Islamic year in which many Muslims travel to Mecca for Hajj. In Islam, such Muslims must do Hajj once in their life who has the power to complete it and fulfill all its expenditure.
What traditional food is eaten during Eid al Adha
Eid al Fitr is also is known as “Sweet Eid” while Eid al Adha is known as “Salty Eid”. Muslims usually eat spicy food on this festival, which is prepared by the meat of the animal that they sacrifice on this day. Some of the Muslims also eat Ma’amoul on this Eid, which is an Arabian pastry. Ma’amoul consists of the ingredients nuts, and dates.
How can you wish someone on this Eid?
Most widely used phrase that used to wish others in Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha is Eid Mubarak. Eid Mubarak is an Arabic word which means “Blessed Eid”.
A very happy Eid Mubarak to all of you