Published On: Fri, Aug 9th, 2019

Eid al Adha 2019 date: When is Eid – When does Eid al Adha end? | World | News

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The second of two Eid celebrations in the Islamic calendar, Eid al Adha will soon take place. The first – and considered the holier – festival is Eid al Fitr. Eid al Adha is known as the “Festival of the Sacrifice” and commemorates the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Ibrahim was asked to sacrifice his son for Allah as a test of faith and was rewarded for his willingness when his son was instead switched with a lamb. 

Millions of Muslims across the world will gather to celebrate one of the holiest festivals in the religious calendar. 

To commemorate the day, groups will come together to pray, wear their best clothes and celebrate with food. 

The festival can last up to four days, but this can vary around the globe. 

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When is Eid?

This year, Eid al Adha will begin on Sunday, August 11 and end on Thursday, August 15. 

Eid al Adha takes place on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah when a pilgrimage known as Hajj takes place. 

During the time of the festival, Muslims usually undertake acts of charity and friendship by taking meat and dividing in three. 

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Each part of the meat is then shared among family, friends and the poor. 

The celebration originates from when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream.

Allah asked Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as a sign of his faith.

This is similar to the Christian and Jewish stories where God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac but saved him from doing so at the last moment.

Eid al-Adha is a celebratory festival, with many donning new clothes and jewellery for the occasion.

Giving gifts and clothes is traditional, as well as in some countries slaughtering one’s own animals. 

Traditional foods are eaten, including Tagine, Roast Lamb, Oruk and Biryani. 

Muslims also offer Eid al-Adha prayers at mosques, this is performed any time after the sun completely rises to just before the entering of Zuhr time, on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah.

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