Eid al-Adha which is also known as Id-ul-Adha, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
The day which is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice or Greater Eid, commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.
In the Indian Sub continent, the festival is known as Bakr-Id because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat which is called “bakr” in Urdu.
The festival is also known as Id-ul-Zuha. The word “id” derived from the Arabic “iwd” means “festival” and “zuha” comes from “uzhaiyya” which translates to “sacrifice”.
Eid al-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Dhul Hijja month, the 12th month of the lunar Islamic calendar which generally comes around 70 days after the Eid-ul-Fitr which ends the holy month of Ramadan.
Eid al-Adha Celebrations :
Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat, and the festivities last for three days or more depending on the country.
On this day people of Muslim community wear new clothes and attend an open-air prayer meeting. They may then sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the meat with family members, neighbors and the poor. Gifts or money is given to children on this day.
People greet each other on this day saying “Eid Mubarak”
Eid al-Adha 2016 Dates / Eid al-Adha in Islamic Year 1437 :
In 2016, Eid al-Adha begins in the evening of Sunday, September 11 and ends in the evening of Monday, September 12, 2016.
Dates may vary a bit depending on moon sightings.