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Happy Eid al-Adha 2018.

August 21, 2018

Eid al-Adha is a big festival among the Islamic nations around the world celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice,  this week – it marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca with the commemoration of the unshakeable obedience and faith of Ibrahim (Abrahim). A dutiful devotee of God, Ibrahim sought to sacrifice his only son on Allah’s wish. However, after seeing his unfaltering devotion, God intervened and asked him to sacrifice a lamb instead.

Around the globe, the Eid al-Adha will officially begin in the evening of 21 August and end on the evening of 25 August.  Three days of national public holidays have been already announced in most countries. The celebratory process is filled with fun and reunion, children collect ‘Eidi’ in the form of some money and sweets from elders as blessings, and eating meat from the sacrificed goats that shared among families. If you’re celebrating this festival with your family and friends, we wish you with a radiant peace be upon your entire family.

May the great Allah prosper the works of your hands: Enjoy this joyous feast!


A family picnic in Burgess Park during the first day of Eid al-Adha celebration

Muslim women across the globe will don intricately some embroidered outfits and families will come together to feast on cultural specialities and gifts will be exchanged as Muslims across the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, the most important festival in the Islamic calendar. The other, Eid al-Fitr translates from Arabic as the “festival of breaking the fast” that marked the end of a month of fasting as Ramadan came to a close. Islam follows the lunar calendar which is based on phases of the moon. This means, that in comparison to the Gregorian equivalent, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier annually. Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and most sacred month of the Islamic year. It is also when Hajj, a pilgrimage which all able-bodied Muslims are required to complete once in their lives time.

What is the significance of Eid al-Adha?
The origin of Eid al-Adha dates back to the ancient story of the prophet Ibrahim, as told in the Quran. After years of temptations and longing for a child, Ibrahim and his wife were given a son in their old age. But, as a testament to his love for Allah, Ibrahim was asked to sacrifice him.

The celebration tends to differ from family to family, in most places around the world Eid is celebrated in a similar fashion. In the morning, Muslims read “Salat al-Eid”, a special prayer offered to honour the festival. Muslims will spend the day visiting their loved ones, going to different family houses throughout the day or getting together in one place. Either way, it’s just about being together and eating!

What do people wear?
The Prophet Muhammad was known to have worn his best cloak for both Eid holidays. Every culture has its own style: In Oman, men wear a long white robe, or dishdasha, with an embroidered cap (kumma) or turban (mussar). In Nigeria, men wear an Agbada, a flowing wide-sleeved robe and men in Gambia will wear similar Kaftans. In Indonesia, many women wear the kebaya dress and kerudung hijab, in South Asian cultures men and women wear the traditional outfit Shalwar Kameez and henna is applied to the hands and feet to celebrate the festival, some women also wear bangles, which were traditionally made of glass. In the West, where Eid celebrations often include diverse Muslims cultural groups gathering, there is no common holiday style. Depending on the culture and heritage, different outfits will be worn.


Mr. Cemal Ozkus.


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