Eid Al-Adha Is A Celebration Of Sacrifice. Do You Know Why?

| September 2 , 2017 , 12:38 IST

September 2 marks Eid Al-Adha this year and Muslims all around the globe celebrate the festival with much fervour. The Islamic festival is more renowned as the festival of sacrifice.

The festival celebrated at the end of the annual pilgrimage to the holy Islamic city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia is considered to be holier-than-thou. Eid Al-Adha is also known as the Greater Eid.

If translated, Eid-Al-Adha means Sacrifice Feast. The occasion marks Ibrahim's sacrifice of his son to obey God's command. It is rumoured that Ibrahim didn't kill his off-spring himself but a God sent Angel put a ram in his son's place.

Lives of cows, sheep or goats are sacrificed on the day as a present to God. The meat is later devoured by the poor, needy, family and friends. According to the Islamic lunar calendar, the Eid is celebrated on the 10th day of the holiest month.

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The date of celebration changes according to the sight of the new crescent moon every year. Since the moon was sighted on August 22 this year, September 2nd marks the auspicious day.

Clad in fresh clothes, Muslims greet the fellows, "Eid Mubarak" and get indulged in the great deed of charity. None of the God's child should be left hungry is the motive of this festival.

The celebration practices vary in different Islamic countries. In Turkey and Qatar, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated for 10 days whereas, in Saudi Arabia, the celebration goes on for the whole fortnight.