Eid al Adha also is known as the “Festival of Sacrifice” is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. The festival falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, which is the last (12th) month of the Muslim lunar calendar. This year, it will be celebrated on 31st July worldwide.
Eid al Adha is known as the day, which honours Prophet Ibrahim’s (also known as Abraham) sacrifice. It is believed that he was tested by God to sacrifice his only son. Ibrahim followed the command and was ready to sacrifice his son. However, God intervened during the act and a lamb was sacrificed instead of Ibrahim’s son.
To celebrate this act, Muslims acknowledge Ibrahim’s devotion and celebrate Eid al Adha annually. It is marked by sacrificing a lamb or an animal, which is later divided into three parts. One share is kept for home and the rest two shares are given to the poor and needy.
Importance of the Festival
Every year, Muslims celebrate this festival to remember the Prophet’s loyalty towards God. And, because of his actions, the festival is also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”. The act simply symbolises giving away the dearest and hence it suggests one must be willing to sacrifice what they love the most. Devotees celebrate this festival by sacrificing a lamb or an animal to show their devotion towards God.