Eid al-Adha 2023: Discovering the Significance of the Festival of Sacrifice

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Eid ul-Adha, also known as Eid Qurban, the ‘Feast of Sacrifice,’ is one of the largest Muslim Festivals. Each year, this significant Islamic festival signifies the conclusion of Hajj, the devout pilgrimage to the city of Mecca. As per the Quran, ‘those capable of doing so’ must undoubtedly make the holy journey to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. Eid ul Adha is observed as the final day of this sacred journey and serves as a reminder to followers of Islam of the mercy and blessings bestowed upon humanity by Allah.

Learn more about the historical background, customs, and schedule of Eid Ul Adha 2022.

History Of Eid Ul Adha

The History of Eid Ul Adha

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It is believed that Ibrahim, also known as Abraham in Christian and Jewish cultures, was instructed to sacrifice (Qurban) his adult son Ismael. Ibrahim obediently followed God’s command and took Ismael to Mount Moriah. As he prepared to perform the sacrifice, an angel intervened and provided a ram for the ritual instead of his son. However, there are some groups that believe the son to be sacrificed was Isḥāq.

Since then, this event has been celebrated worldwide as Eid ul Adha, albeit with different names. In Egypt, it is referred to as Eid Al Lahma, while in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, it is called Eid Al-Baqara. Nigerians call it Big Sallah and Ram Sallah. In Turkey, it is known as Kurban Bayrami, and in Malaysia and Singapore, it is called Hari Raya Haji.

Tradition And Observances Of Eid Ul Adha

Traditions and Observances of Eid Ul Adha

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Eid ul Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhū al-Ḥijjah, which is the final month of the Islamic calendar, and continues for the next three days. Similar to Eid ul Fitr, the festivities begin with the performance of a congregational prayer known as ṣalāt at daybreak on the first day. During Eid ul Adha, families who can afford it sacrifice ritually accepted animals such as goats, camels, sheep, etc., and distribute the meat amongst themselves and their loved ones, while also donating an equal portion to those in need. Visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts are common traditions observed during Eid ul Adha.

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Date And Time Of Eid Ul Adha 2022

Eid ul Adha or Bakra Eid 2022 in India will commence in the evening of July 30, 2022 and the celebration will continue till August 2, 2022. Please take note that the dates may vary.

Eid Ul Adha Around The World

Eid ul Adha is a national holiday in various countries including the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia, Turkey, Indonesia, and India. Read on to discover how Eid Ul Adha is observed across the globe:

1. The United Arab Emirates

Eid Al Adha is celebrated as a four-day national holiday in the UAE. Individuals wear new clothes and visit friends and relatives after performing sacrificial ceremonies and seek blessings from the Almighty. Going out for dining, shopping, and entertainment are quite popular during these 4 festive days. In Dubai, extensive preparations are organized by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishments. Ibn Batuta Mall, City Centre Midrif, Mercato Mall, etc. are the most renowned places to experience the festivity!

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2. Pakistan

The festival begins with morning prayers in the mosque, followed by religious Qurbanis. The grandest celebration occurs at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. No Eid celebration is complete in Pakistan without henna and females adorn their hands with exquisite henna designs. Sheer Khurma is prepared in households and shared with friends and families.


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3. Turkey

Kurban Bayramı, that is, Eid ul Daha is the most notable festival of Turkey and is commemorated as a 4-5 day national holiday. Elaborate meals are prepared after Qurbani and shared with friends and other loved ones during this period. Turkey has designated places for sacrifices and rituals can only be performed at these centers. People donate food, clothing, sweets, etc. during this time.


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4. Egypt

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Eid al Adha is recognized with a special meal in Egypt and Egyptians commence their morning with meat cubes or sautéed liver for breakfast which is served with Fatta. Other popular dishes of the festival are Ro’a’ and lamb cutlets. Natives dress themselves in new garments and plan family gatherings and host feasts. They also offer delectably cooked food to destitute or necessitous individuals who can hardly afford it.

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5. India

Eid ul Adha is commonly known as Bakrid in India. The celebration commences with morning prayers at mosques and religious centers, followed by Qurbani and distributing flesh among economically weaker masses. Scrumptious delicacies are prepared and shared with loved ones. People wear new garments and plan a visit to mosques and dargahs, followed by community feasts or in-house parties.


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