Eid al-Adha – Muslim’s Holy festival of Sacrifice and a Public Holiday

Eid al-Adha, “A festival of sacrifice” is one of the biggest celebrations in the Muslim religion. On this day Muslim people sacrifice an adult animal which can be a sheep, cow, goat, camel, etc. for their Almighty God “Allah.” Eid al Adha celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of Hijri calendar which is also a lunar calendar. People from Bangladesh to Pakistan to every Muslim country (which includes India too) celebrate this Eid.

Eid al-Adha – A Muslim festival of Sacrifice

In the festival, People can sacrifice the animals in the limited three days, which starts from 10 Dhu al-Hijjah and ends at 12 Dhu al-Hijjah. But usually, most of the Muslims only sacrifice an animal in the first day of the Eid after their eid prayer, which can be held in Eidgah (an open ground which only is used for the eid prayer) or mosques.

History Lesson

They sacrifice the animals to show their loyalty towards Allah and the tradition started when once a Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was willing to sacrifice his most valuable possession. He offered his son Ismail (peace be upon him) for Allah. But Allah spared Ismail and made a sheep sacrificed in his place. And all this happens to remember this incident and to prove Muslims trust and loyalty toward ALLAH.

After the Sacrifice, Muslim divides the meat of the sacrificed animal into three portions, one given to the poor, one given to the family and one kept for their own. Usually, they don’t eat anything till the sacrifice made. And people usually eat after the sacrifice is done.

How Muslim Celebrate Eid al-Adha?

Usually, from the evening or the second day of Eid people started going to each other’s houses and meeting friends and family. Kids run around wearing new clothes going from house to house to eat sweets in the Eid day. During Eid, you are allowed to go to anyone’s house. Everyone’s doors kept open so guests can come and celebrate Eid with them. Anyone that comes in the house never leaves without eating something. The poor people that usually can’t afford meat get it from someone who sacrificed an animal.

So here it is the brief explanation on Eid al-Adha. Special thanks to My girl Meem for this article, without her this article wasn’t possible.

Below you can see pictures which show the love and joy in this most different but full of a moral story in this festival: