Around 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe will celebrate the festival this year
The first day of Eid Al Adha will commence on September 1, 2017, the department of astronomy and space sciences at Kuwait Science Club has announced. If you are vacating in one of Dubai’s townhouses for rent it may be beneficial to know the significance of Eid Al Adha, in order to make the most of this special time of year.
What is Eid Al Adha?
Eid Al Adha is the second of the two major festivals in Islam, celebrated on the 10th of ZulHijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid Al Adha, also known as the ‘festival of sacrifice’, signifies the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son out of faith in Allah. The festival is celebrated by approximately 1.6 billion Muslims throughout the world.
The celebration of Eid Al Adha is dependent on the appearance of the moon; this is why its observance differs from country to country. The process of the moon sighting begins on the 29th day of Dul Qaadah. If the moon is observed on the 29th, the following day is acknowledged as the first day of Zul Hijjah and the Eid is celebrated on the 10th day of the month.
How is Eid Al Adha observed?
Eid Al Adha is observed by Muslims as “days of remembrance”, dedicated to the willingness to submit to Allah’s commands, this quality was observed by the Prophet Ibrahim, whom on the orders of his Lord was willing to sacrifice his son. The angel Jibreel subsequently intervened and ordered Ibrahim to stop.
In tribute of this event, Muslims sacrifice an animal and then divide it into three sections – the immediate family retains one-third; another third is given to relatives and friends; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.The Eid sacrifice may take place until sunset on the 13th of ZulHijjah.
Eid Al Adha celebrations also coincide with the Haj pilgrimage and for the pilgrims; the celebration begins after the descent of the Haj pilgrims from the Mount Arafat on the 9th of ZulHijjah.
The Eid Al Adha celebration is essentially the same across the world.
The day starts with an early morning Eid Prayer which follows the regular Morning Prayer. The Eid Prayer is obligatory for men and women and is to be performed in congregation at a Mosque or a large ground (known as Eid gah). Eid greetings are exchanged between friends, family and strangers too.
The celebrations of Eid Al Adha usually last up to three days. It is customary to wear new clothes, prepare a variety of dishes and spend quality time with family and friends. In the majority of Asian countries, elders give eidia (money) to children as a gift of goodwill. Over the course of the Eid holiday Muslims make the effort to visit their friends and relatives to exchange Eid greetings.