Eid Al Adha

By: Marta Conoby, Rory Butler, and Lillia Greige


Begins: evening of Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ends: evening of Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rituals and Customs

The festival is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhuj Hijja, the Islamic month of the lunar Islamic calendar. On the morning of Eid Al Adha, the people wake up early to clean themselves then dress in their most beautiful and finest clothes and proceed to the mosque to give their eid prayers. After giving their prayers the people return home and eat a big breakfast consisting of sheer kurma or sevaiyan. After the sacrifice, luxurious and scrumptious dishes are cooked and served to guests and family visiting homes. They are accompanied by delicious desserts and beverages prepared for the day.

After breakfast muslims will slaughter an animal considered as Halal as an acceptable sacrifice. The sacrificed animal could be a goat, sheep, ram, lamb, cow, camel or any four legged animal and this is called qurbani. After the animal is slaughtered, the meat is divided into three equal parts as per the customs. The first part is eaten by the family while the second portion is distributed to neighbors, friends, and relatives then the third portion is given to the poor and deprived people.


Eid Al Adha translates to “The feast Of The Sacrifice”. However the story of this holiday is that Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his son (Ishmael) to show his loyalty. Right before Abraham was going to do it, (Cutting Ismael’s throat.) Angel Gabriel sent from God stopped him. She gave him a ram to sacrifice. This is what is remembered on this holiday for the Muslims. People feast to honor the willingness Abraham showed to God of following out with sacrificing his son, even though God stopped him.

Did you know?

Did you know that during the celebration people refrain from brutality, dishonesty, stealing and being untruthful?

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