Eid-ul-Adha, the name of the sacrificial feast in Arabic. Apart from being an important festival, it is the end of the annual pilgrimage. But what is actually celebrated?
Depending on the country, the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha can last between two and four days. This year in the United Arab Emirates, Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated from 8 to 11 July. It marks the anniversary of the Prophet Ibrahim's decision to show his obedience to God by sacrificing his son. At the moment that Ibrahim wanted to kill his son with a knife, an angel came and said that a ram could take the place of his son Ishmael.
For this reason, an animal is ritually slaughtered during the sacrificial feast and then divided into three. One third is eaten by the family, one third by friends and one third is donated to the poor and needy. Nowadays, food, clothing or money are often given instead of a piece of lamb.
The sacrificial animal must be a sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull or camel; the sheep, lamb or goat consist of one share of Qurbani, wheras a bull, cow or camel consist of seven shares per animal. The animal must be in good health and over a certain age to be slaughtered, in a 'halal'-friendly, Islamic way.
Depending on the position of the moon, the starting date of the Islamic festival may differ from country to country. The name may also be different, e.g. Eid ul Azha in Pakistan, Bakrid in India and Kurban Bayrami in Turkey.
A common greeting or wish in the Arab world is "Eid Mubarak", which means "a blessed festival"! Please note that our offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are closed during Eid-ul-Adha.