Eid al Adha – also known as Eid ul-Adha, Qurbani Eid, Kurbani Bayrami or Bakra Eid – is a landmark religious holiday for Muslims. It follows Eid al Fitr, which took place in June of this year, which marked the end of Ramadan. However Eid al Adha is widely considered to be the holier of the two festivals. The event honours Ibrahim, also known as Abraham, who showed his devotion to Allah in his willingness to sacrifice his own son, Ishmael.
However, before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, Allah gave him a lamb to slaughter instead.
As a result, Eid al Adha is known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’.
The celebrations for Eid al Adha began on the evening of Sunday, August 11 this year.
Eid al Adha ends in just a few days, on the evening of Thursday, August 15, 2019.
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Traditionally, Eid al Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, and lasts for four days.
The timings of many Muslim celebrations are dependent on the sighting of the Moon’s crescent, following the New Moon.
The festival marks the end of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
There are around 2.8 million Muslims in the UK – making up nearly five per cent of the population.
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Muslims will dress in their finest clothes for a prayer service, where they will later embrace their friends, family and neighbours with the blessing “Eid Mubarak” – or “have a blessed Eid”.
Part of the ritual of the celebration may also include the sacrifice of an animal, such as a lamb or a goat.
Because of this, for Eid al Adha, the food consists mainly of savoury goods.
This is unlike Eid al Fitr, which is known as the “sweet Eid”.
In Islamic religious tradition, the meat from the sacrifice may be split into three parts.
One part is shared with family and friends, while another is distributed to the poor and needy.
The final part is taken to be consumed at home, either by yourself or with your close family.