Eid al-Adha is a Muslim religious holiday. In Islam, there are two major Eids: Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and Eid-ul-Adha, which marks the end of the yearly Hajj journey during the time of Qurbani means ‘sacrifice’. It is celebrated by Muslims all around the world and might span several days depending on where you live. 

The Festival of Sacrifice is also known as Eid al-Adha. It commemorates the narrative of Ibrahim, a prophet who attempted to show his faith in Allah by sacrificing his son Ishamel. He made the decision to obey Allah’s word. Despite several obstacles, he was on the verge of sacrificing his kid. At that very time of sacrifice, Ishamel had been replaced with a ram by Allah because Ibrahim had demonstrated his loyalty to Allah without any question.

Therefore, Muslims commemorate Ibrahim’s steadfastness and allegiance to Allah above everything else.

Although Eid-ul-Adha has no direct link to the Hajj Pilgrimage, it occurs just a day after the Hajj is completed and so has historical significance. The tenth day of the last (twelfth) month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, Dhu-al-Hijjah, is Eid-ul-Adha. The date of the celebration is determined by a valid sighting of the moon after the yearly Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj, which is a requirement for all Muslims who meet certain conditions and is one of Islam’s fundamental Five Pillars. 

It usually lasts two to four days. Following the Eid Salaah (Eid Prayers), which are done in congregation at the closest Mosque on the morning of Eid, the act of Qurbani (sacrifice) is performed. The act of Qurbani consists of slaughtering an animal be it sheep, goat, cow, bull, camel as a sacrifice to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice for Allah on this special date. Udhiya is another name for this. From the 10th to the 12th of Dhu-al-Hijjah, three days of animal sacrifice are observed. The animal should be slaughtered in a “halal” friendly, Islamic manner, and the animal must be in excellent health and beyond a particular age. 

The Qurbani meat can then be divided into three equal parts each share: one-third for you and your family, one-third for friends, and the last third for charity.

The day is traditionally spent celebrating with family, friends, and loved ones, typically by dressing new or finest outfits and exchanging gifts. But however in today’s time, keeping in mind the pandemic situation and social distancing many of these gatherings may not be possible. Some festivities may be held only with intimate relatives or may be held entirely online.

Usually, When Eid al-Adha begins, some Muslims attend Hajj a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. They hurl pebbles at three massive stone pillars in Mina’s city. Muslims say that this is where Ibrahim flung pebbles at the devil to chase him away. But, The event has been reduced back this year due to social distance. Only 60,000 persons in Saudi Arabia who have been inoculated with vaccines will be authorised to conduct the procedure