Eid al-Adha 2017 begins on Saturday, August 31 and ends on September 1.
Eid-al-Adha is a festival of Muslims that is famous and celebrated all over the world. Eid-al-Adha is also recognized as Festival of Sacrifice Muslims all over the world celebrate their every festival according to the lunar calender. Eid-al-Adha is also celebrated as per the lunar calender, which falls on the tenth day of the month of Dhuj Hijja. This Eid occurs approximately seventy days after the end of Eid-al-Fitr.
Eid-al-Adha is celebrated in the memory of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismael for God. Ibrahim was instructed by Allah in his dream to build the base of Kaaba, a Muslim shrine in Mecca where Muslims offer their prayers. Immediately, he left for Mecca along with his wife and son, Ismael. At that time, Mecca was a barren place and Ibrahim had to face a lot of hardships to build the Holy Kaaba.
Ibrahim followed Allah's commands without a complaint. Later that night, in a sacred dream, he saw himself sacrificing his son, Ismael for Allah. When he told Ismael about this, he straightaway asked his father to carry out Allah's command and assured that he was wiling to slaughter himself for the sake of Allah.
When Ibrahim was about to slaughter his son, miraculously Allah spared Ismael's life and replaced him with a lamb. Ibrahim sacrificed a lamb, and not his son, Ismael.
People slaughter a lamb, goat, ram, camel, cow or any other animal on Eid-al-Adha to mark this superior act of sacrifice by Ibrahim. This meat is divided into three parts, of which one-third is preserved by the family, another third is distributed among friends and neighbors, and the rest is given to the poor and needy.
Eid-al-Adha is celebrated among Muslims all over the world by offering a prayer(salah) after the Khutba, the followed by sacrificing a goat, lamb, cow, ram, or a camel. This meat is distributed among family and friends, and the needy.
All members of the family dress up in new and attractive attire to celebrate the festival of Eid-al-Adha. Visits are paid to family, friends and neighbors, with an exchange of greetings and gifts.