Eid al-Adha (Islam)

On November 05, 2011


Eid al-Adha is the "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid". It is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead.

The Eid al-Adha festival has a special atmosphere of peace, respect, giving and receiving, as well as sharing and caring. It is a special day for children because it is a day to socialize with family, friends and other children in celebrating Eid al-Adha. Many Muslims are united in prayer at mosques and other appropriate venues during Eid al-Adha. People also exchange gifts with one another and celebrate feasts together. It is also a time for many Muslims to make donations to the poor and the needy.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated at the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which is observed by Muslims as one of the five pillars of Islam

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