Eid al-Adha Festival Celebrations Around the World | History of Eid

Eid al-Adha Festival Celebrations Around the World | History of Eid

Eid al-Adha Festival Celebrations Around the World

Eid al-Adha is one of the two most important festivals of Islamic festivals around the world. Millions of muslims around the world including countries like India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Pakistan celebrates Eid al-Adha. This festival is also known as the “Feast of the Sacrifice” and “Greater Eid”.
There are two Eids. One is Eid-al-Fitr, also known as Ramzan or “Lesser Eid” which marks the end of the Islamic month Ramadan. Another is Eid al-Adha which is also known as “Greater Eid”



When Eid al-Adha festival celebrated?

According to Islamic Lunar Calendar Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah which is one of the sacred months in the Calendar. Dhu al-Hijjah is the twelth month of Islamic lunar calendar. In this year 2018, Eid al-Adha festival starts on the evening of Tuesday 21 August and it ends on the evening of Wednesday, 22 August.

How is Greater Eid celebrated?

In many Islamic countries, Eid al-Adha is a public holiday. On this day people actions involves Prayers, Animal sacrifice and family gatherings. The day begins with Early Morning prayers followed by animal sacrifice and visits to their family and friends and exchange food and gifts.
Muslims, who can afford, will sacrifice their animals usually a cow, but sometimes a camel, goat, sheep as a symbol of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son. The sacrificed animal’s meat is divided into three parts. The family keeps one third of its share, another third is given to friends and relatives and neighbours, and the remaining part is given to the needy and poor.
During this festival, distributing meat amongst the people, chanting before the Eid prayers on the first day and after prayers throughout the four days are considered essential parts of this important Islamic festival.

Brief History:

According to Islamic Books, One day God instructed Abraham to bring Hagar, his Arabian (Adnan) wife, and Ishmael to Arabia from the land of Canaan. When Abraham was preparing for his return journey back to Canaan from Arabia, Hagar asked him, "Did God ordered you to leave us here? Or “Are you leaving us here to die?" at that time Abraham did not even look back. Abraham just nodded for his question. Then Hagar said, "God will not waste us, you can go". Even though Abraham large quantity of food and water with them, these supplies ran out quickly and in few days the two began to feel the hunger and dehydration.

Hagar ran up and down between two hills, Safa and Marwa, in her desperate quest for water. Exhausted, she finally collapsed beside her baby Ishmael and prayed to God for deliverance. Miraculously, a spring of water gushed forth from the earth at the feet of baby Ishmael.

After Many years, Abraham was instructed by God to return from Canaan to build a place of worship right adjacent to Hagar's well. Abraham and Ishmael constructed a mortar and stone structure which is known as “Kaaba. This place is the gathering place for all the people who wish to strengthen their faith in God. As the years passed, Ishmael was blessed with prophet-hood and gave the nomads of the desert his message of submission to God.

Abraham's main trail of his life was to face the command of God to “sacrifice his dearest son”. After hearing this command from God , Abraham prepared to submit to will of God. During this Shaitan the Devil tempted Abraham and his family by trying to deviate them from carrying God's commandment. Then Abraham drove Satan away by throwing stones at him. When Abraham attempted to cut his throat, he was astonished to see that his own son was unharmed and instead, he found a ram which was slaughtered. Abraham had passed the test by his willingness to carry out God's command.

Eid al-Adha Festival Celebrations Around the World | History of Eid