What is Eid-ul-Adha:

Eid al-Adha or Id-ul-Adha, which is also known as Id-ul-Zuha or Bakrid, is a festival that many Muslims celebrate with special prayers, greetings and gifts. It is a gazetted holiday in India and is also referred to as the festival of sacrifice. During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham's trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith. This year it falls on 26th October, 2012.

History of Eid-ul-Adha:

The story tells, how Allah told Abraham, to lift up the foundation of Kaaba that was a holy place in Mecca. God also asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, in a dream. Abraham along with his son started moving towards Mina for the sacrifice. Some of the daemons tried to direct Abraham away from his way but Abraham was true to god and as he was just set to kill his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead of sacrificing his son. This festival is thereby said to be a festival of sacrifice.

On Eid-ul-Adha:

On the first morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. Prayers are followed by visits with family and friends, and the exchange of greetings and gifts. The meat is distributed during the days of the holiday or shortly thereafter. The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor.

Celebrations Around the World:

Eid Festival is celebrated by all countries which follows muslim religion and all muslims across the world. In most Muslim countries, the entire 3-day period is an official government/school holiday. It is also celebrated in India, USA, UAE, Turkey & Canada. Eid-ul-Fitr is also celebrated on the month of Ramdan.


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