Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha

Published: September 24, 2015

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha
Over 1.6 billion Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
Eid-ul-Adha is a sacred Muslim holiday that is celebrated around the world with prayer, sacrifice, and food.
The Eid al-Adha (the greater Eid) is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar, along with the Eid al-Fitr (the lesser Eid) some two months earlier, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
During the Eid al-Adha, Muslims traditionally sacrifice animals — ‘Udhiyah’ in Arabic — to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to obey God’s command by sacrificing his son Ismail.
More than two million pilgrims are completing their ritual journey to the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, known as the Hajj.
Eid is a day of sharing and caring. On this Eid, Muslims who can afford to offer a sacrifice of an animal (sheep, goat, cow or camel) are required to do it and then distribute the meat in 3 portions. One for the poor, one for the family and friends and one to keep at home.
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