Eid al-Adha or Hari Raya Haji or Hari Raya Kurban or Qurban is one of two Islamic Eid festivals that Muslims celebrate, the origin of which comes from the Quran and it means “The Festival of Sacrifice”. It is one of the several religious festivals celebrated by Muslims all over the word. Here, the Muslim community commemorates God?s forgiveness of Ibrahim, or Abraham, from his promise to sacrifice his own son Ishmael as commanded by Allah. “Hari Raya Korban” or the Sacrifice Celebration Day. Another term, “Hari Raya Haji” or “Lebaran Haji” translates to the Celebration Day of the Hajj.
The Hari Raya Haji festival annually falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja of the lunar Islamic Calendar and is ceelebrated for two to three days, or even more, depending on the country celebrating it. Eid ul-Adha happens the day after pilgrims perform Hajj, or the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide. The pilgrimage is done approximately seventy days after the end of the month of Ramadan. It is a must for a Muslim to perform the haj at least once in their lifetime. After the haj is performed, the men are given the title “haji” and the women “hajjah”.
All the Muslim community Men, women, and children dress up in their finest clothing to perform the Eid prayer. Devotees sacrifice their best domestic animals or udhiya like sheep, cows, goats and camels (must be at least a year old and quality to consider it as an acceptable sacrifice). The remainder of the meat is cooked for the family celebration meal, wherein it is shared among friends and families. Muslims are also expected to visit their kin, from their parents down to their friends.
In India and Pakistan, the Eid al-adha is called Bari Eid or Big Eid. In South Africa, it is called Bakri Eid, which came from the Arabic word bagara, or “heifer” or the traditional sacrifice. It is a public holiday in Nigeria. In Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Brunei it is call “Idul Adha” or “Aidil Adha”. It is celebrated about two months after Aidilfitri, particularly on the 10th day of Zulhijah, or the 12th month of the Muslim calendar, marking the end of the sacrificial period. It is a major public holidays in Islamic countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Arab Emirates.
Hari Raya Kurban 2012 is expected to fall on Friday, 26th October 2012.
Famous Hari Raya Haji Greetings & Wishes :
Selamat Hari Raya Haji !
Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Haji !
Selamat Hari Raya Kurban !
Selamat Hari Raya Idul Adha !
Happy Eid !
Eid Mubarak !