When Is Eid al-Adha

When is Eid-al-Adha

Eid-al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. The celebrations of Eid-al-Adha commences after Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of the Muslims to Mecca. The rituals of the day are observed until sun-down of the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.

History of Eid-al-Adha

Eid-al-Adha is also regarded as the "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" and is a celebration that comes with religious sentiments for the Muslims. The day commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim for the sacrifice of his son, Ismail before Allah as his act of ultimate obedience to Him. However, Allah, satisfied with his devotion, asked him to sacrifice a ram instead.

The sacrifice is still an important part of the ritualistic observations of Eid-al-Adha. After the sacrifice, the meat is divided into three parts, - the first part for the family, the second one for relatives, friends and neighbors, while the third part is distributed among the poor and needy.

Muslim Observances