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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.

Eid al Adha

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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