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Eid al Adha or Eid ul Azha celebrations and its importance

Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month and is also the third day of the Hajj pilgrimage.

The annual Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha begins almost two months and ten days after Eid al Fitr.

The Eid al-Adha is Islam’s holiest festival celebrated annually around the world and an official long holiday in Muslim-majority countries.

In the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha occurs on the 10th day of the Dhu al-Hijjah and is also the third day of the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

In the United States, the Fiqh Council of North America follows the Eid date announced by the authorities in Mecca, and so does the European Council of Fatwa and Research.

Holiday Tradition

For Muslims, Eid al-Adha commemorates the day when prophet Ibrahim was going to sacrifice his son but was instructed by Allah to offer an animal instead. Eid al-Adha in Arabic literally means “festival of the sacrifice”.

Traditionally, the festival lasts for four days but public holidays vary from country to country.

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Turkey observes a week-day public holiday for Eid, known in Turkey as Qurban Bayram.

The Pakistan, UAE, Indonesia and Malaysia also observe a longer public holiday as Turkey.

In the Philippines, Eidul Adha has also been a public holiday since 2002.

 

 

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What is Hajj and its duration?

The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia is a five-day ritual. Its an annual pilgrimage to Mecca for millions of Muslims from all over the world.

The Hajj, one of the world’s largest gatherings, is to begins two days before the Eid ul Adha..

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The dates of the pilgrimage are confirmed by Hajj authorities in Saudi Arabia, based on the sighting of the moon.

On the third day of Hajj each year, Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Adha, Islam’s holiest festival.

In the Islamic calendar, Hajj begins on the eighth day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month, and ends on the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. The religious rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage, however, can be completed in five days.

For Muslims, the Hajj re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad in his “farewell pilgrimage” in AD 632, and is a central pillar of the Islamic faith meant to cleanse the faithful of sin and bring them closer to Allah.

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