Festival of the Sacrifice
Eid al-Adha – which translates as “Festival of the Sacrifice” – remembers Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Muslims all over the world commemorate this ultimate act of sacrifice every year during this important festival – which this year is expected to start on either Tuesday 21 or Wednesday 22 August.
Did you know these facts about this important festival?
- Eid-al-Adha is also known by many other names, including the Greater Eid, the Festival of Sacrifice, the Feast of the Sacrifice.
- It is the last of two Eid celebrations every year, the first being Eid al-Fitr, which falls after Ramadan.
- Eid al-Adha is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar but falls on different dates in places (including the UK) that use the Gregorian calendar. This is because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and is approximately eleven days shorter that the solar, Gregorian calendar. Eid al-Adha (and other Muslim holidays) consequently fall on different Gregorian dates in different parts of the world, because the boundary of crescent visibility is different from the International Date Line.
- Although the festival celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael, Allah provided him with a sheep to sacrifice at the last second instead.
- Some Muslims sacrifice an animal such as sheep or goat at Eid al-Adha. In Britain, the animal must be killed at a slaughterhouse. The meat is typically shared equally among family, friends and the poor, to make sure that everyone has meat on the table during the festival.
What are you doing to celebrate Eid al-Adha this year? Will you send Eid-al-Adha cards, give money to charity to help those less fortunate than yourself?