Eid al Adha is an upcoming celebration in the Islamic calendar, but many get confused with the various ‘Eids’ that make up the Muslim faith. Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr are different celebrations for different reasons, and take place at different times in the year.
What is Eid al Adha?
The name of the holiday Eid al Adha means ‘the celebration of the sacrifice’.
Eid al Adha refers to a tale of sacrifice mentioned in the Koran, in which God asked the Prophet Ibrahim in a dream to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as a test of his faith.
The Koran explains Ibrahim at first ignored the dream but later decided to go through with the plan to sacrifice his son, as a way of proving his faith.
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Other followers of the faith believed Ibrahim had been possessed by the devil and tried to tell him not to kill his son.
As he was about to go through with the sacrifice, God replaced his son with a goat, which was sacrificed in his place.
The significance of this incident is now carried as a ritual of the religion and is celebrated every year, where Muslims continue the sacrifice and spend the day with feasting with their loved ones.
This celebration is also the basis of the famous Hajj pilgrimage – where Muslims travel to the holy site of Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islam.
However, this year the Hajj pilgrimage has been significantly scaled back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi Arabia has said it will allow only about 1,000 pilgrims residing in the kingdom to perform the Hajj this year.
This year Eid al Adha will begin in the UK on the evening of Thursday, July 30, and come to an end on the evening of Monday, August 3.
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What is Eid al Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is the culmination of the Islamic faith festival of Ramadan which is considered to be the holiest month in the religion’s calendar.
At the end of Ramadan, there is a special three-day festival called Eid al-Fitr – the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.
Eid al Fitr begins when the first sight of the new Moon is seen in the sky.
Children are often given presents or new clothes and thanks is given to Allah.
The celebration of Eid is a public holiday in many Islamic countries, but is not one in the UK, despite a campaign for it to be recognised as one back in 2014.
Eid means “celebration” and Mubarak means “blessed”, often Eid Mubarak is used as a greeting over this period.
Eid al Fitr took place earlier in the year on May 23, to mark the end of the Ramadan fast.
Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, any celebrations that take place this year will have to be parred down due to social distancing regulations.
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