Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha until the evening of Thursday, 15 August.
Eid al-Adha is the second Eid this year and differs from Eid al-Fitr which was celebrated in June. It marks the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and is generally considered the holier of the two festivals.
Muslims celebrate both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. This can be confusing as the festivals are often referred to as just Eid. The word ‘Eid’ means feast or festival.
Eid al-Fitr means ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’ and it is celebrated at the end of Ramadan when Muslims fast for a month.
Eid al-Adha means ‘feast of the sacrifice’ and it is celebrated a little more than two months later when many Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage.
The Feast or Festival of the Sacrifice honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command.
The dates of Islamic festivals are determined by the lunar calendar, which is about eleven days shorter than the solar calendar. This means that the dates of the Eid festivals change every year.
During this time Muslims go to special prayers at their local mosque and celebrate with family and friends.
Source: Capricorn Review