Eid-al-Adha is an Islamic festival to remember the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It is observed around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. This year it falls on 20 July. This festival also marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage applies to Muslims worldwide, as they are required to perform the Hajj once in their lives.
The Eid al-Adha festival has a special atmosphere of peace, respect, giving and receiving, as well as sharing and caring. It is a special day because it is a day to socialize with family and friends in celebrating Eid al-Adha. Many Muslims are united in morning prayer at mosques and other appropriate venues.
It is also traditionally the time for Muslims to make donations to the poor and the needy. Donations may include the sacrifice of an animal for food, whether goat, cow, lamb or camel as an act of thanks to God’s great mercy. The meat is divided between family, friends and the poor.
Other Muslims give money to charity to help poorer families and ensure that they will eat a meat-based meal while mosques or other groups may arrange communal meals for the immediate village, town or community.