Eid al-Adha

What is Eid al-Adha & How is it Celebrated?

Ryan Power

27 Jun 2023

Eid al-Adha, also known as the feast of sacrifice, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims all around the world. It is one of the two major festivals celebrated in Islam, the other one that is celebrated is Eid al Fitr which is earlier in the year. Eid al-Adha symbolizes faith, obedience, and the willingness to make sacrifices.

During the festival, Muslims will gather for prayers on open prayer grounds or mosques. The day will usually begin with communal prayers. After the prayers, friends and family will usually come together to share meals and exchange gifts.

During the festival, families that are wealthy enough to afford animals such as goats, sheep, cows, or camels, will sacrifice an animal, which will be performed in remembrance of Ibrahim sacrificing his son. This will then be divided among themselves, their friends, and families, and to the less fortunate.

When is Eid al-Adha in 2023?

The date of Eid al-Adha may vary to the moon in different parts of the world, but it is predicted that Eid al-Adha 2023 will begin at sunset on the 29th of June. The celebration is known to be celebrated for a total of 3 days, meaning it will go into the month of July and finish on the 1st.

What countries is Eid al-Adha most celebrated in?

Eid al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims all around the world, it is celebrated by big and small populations of Muslims in various countries. These countries include:

  • Saudi Arabia which is the birthplace of Islam and home to two of the most holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, Eid al-Adha is highly celebrated.

  • Pakistan with Eid al-Adha being a public holiday and is heavily celebrated in the country.

  • Indonesia which is known for having one of the largest Muslim populations in the world.

  • Eid al-Adha is a major festival in the UAE and is celebrated with prayers and family gatherings.

These are just a few countries that celebrate Eid al-Adha as there are many more countries around the world that celebrate the holiday with countries' celebrations varying from each other.

How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?

Eid al-Adha is celebrated with various traditions from different countries around the world, some of these traditions include:

  • Prayers – Muslims usually gather in mosques or designated prayer grounds to perform the Eid prayer.

  • Festive meals – Eid al-Adha is a time where families come together and feast and share meals with one another. Special dishes are made, often including meat from a sacrificed animal.

  • Family gatherings – Eid al-Adha is a time for families to come together and celebrate with one another. Families visit each other’s home bearing gifts and good wishes. It’s a time when families create long-lasting memories.

  • New clothing - Muslims will often wear new clothes on the days of Eid al-Adha as a symbol of celebration. Wearing the new clothing marks the special occasion.

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What is Eid al-Adha & How is it Celebrated?