- Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s holiest holidays, is now currently being celebrated
- Muslims usually celebrate with communal meals, praying at mosques and more
- The holiday commemorates a very important sacrifice in the Islamic theology
- Millions of Muslims worldwide have just recently begun to celebrate Eid al-Adha
- ‘Eid Mubarak’ is often used as the traditional greeting during this holiday period
- Eid al-Adha is celebrated with a number of traditions all throughout the world
Millions of Muslims around the world have just begun celebrating Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest holidays of the Islamic faith.
The event is observed by Muslims worldwide and includes celebrating with prayer, meals with friends and family members and more.
Here’s everything that you need to know about what Eid al-Adha is and how it’s celebrated.
What is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is the second of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide annually alongside Eid al-Fitr and is widely considered the holier and more important of the two.
In the Islamic religion, the holiday commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael to signify his obedience to God. However, before the sacrifice occur, God instead offered a ram to be sacrificed in Ishmael’s place.
The event is now commemorated as Eid al-Adha.
Per the Islamic lunar calendar, the holiday always falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the calendar year. In some countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia, Eid al-Adha is a public holiday.
When is Eid al-Adha 2018?
Eid al-Adha 2018 will be observed from the evening of Tuesday, August 21 until the evening of Saturday, 25 August.
What does Eid Mubarak mean?
E – Embrace with open heart
I – Inspire with impressive attitude
D – Distribute pleasure to all
Eid Mubarak, the traditional Islamic greeting during Eid celebrations, means ‘Blessed Eid.’
It can also be translated as ‘Blessed Celebration’ or ‘Happy Eid.’
The most polite response to being greeted with ‘Eid Mubarak’ is ‘Khair Mubarak’ in reply, which wishes good tidings on the person who initially greeted you.
Eid al-Adha : History & significance
The story behind Eid-ul-Adha is that God once told his friend Prophet Ibrahim, the father of Prophet, to sacrifice a thing which is dearest to him to prove his love and faith in God. And so, Prophet Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his only son Ismail on God’s command. When Prophet was about to sacrifice his son, God sent Jibra’il (Gabriel) and intervened. God’s angel Jibra’il (Gabriel) replaced Prophet’s son with a goat and so from that day, Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated by sacrificing a male goat. The animal is divided into three portions and these are then distributed– the first part is given to relatives, neighbours and friends; the second part is given to the needy and poor; while the third is reserved for the family.
What is the Islamic festival about?
It is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice or the Greater Eid.
The celebration revolves around when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as a sign of his faith.
It’s similar to the Christian and Jewish stories in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, but spared him from doing so.
It is a celebratory festival and men and women will dress up for the occasion.
How to wish someone happy Eid Al-Adha
Just like there are countless ways of saying “happy holidays”, Eid Al-Adha is greeted by Muslims in many different ways.
The main greeting for Eid Al-Adha is ‘Eid Mubarak’ and means ‘blessed Eid’ or ‘have a blessed holiday.’
The word ‘Eid’ means ’feast’ or ‘festival’.
To respond to the phrase, ‘Khair Mubarak’, which wishes goodwill on the person greeting you, is often used.
‘JazakAllah Khair’, which means thank you, is also an acceptable reply.
Other greetings used by Muslims include:
“May Allah flood your life with happiness on this occasion, your heart with love, your soul with spiritual, your mind with wisdom, wishing you a very Happy Eid.”
How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?
The holiday is observed in a number of ways by Muslims all around the world.
In some traditionally Islamic countries, families or groups of families may choose to purchase a sheep, goat or other livestock animal for what’s known as qurbani, an animal to be sacrificed, representing Ibrahim’s sacrifice of a ram in place of his son Ishmael.
The sacrificed animal is divided into three parts: one third for friends and relatives, one third for those in need and one third for the family. Muslims in Western nations sometimes will instead purchase a whole carcass from a butcher to be divided among themselves or buy large amounts of meat for a communal meal among friends, neighbors and relatives.
In addition, many Muslims around the world attend mosques, wear new clothes and visit with friends and relatives.
Around Eid al-Adha, many Muslims also travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia as part of the Hajj pilgrimage, considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam alongside the declaration of faith, prayer, charity and fasting.