Eid Mubarak: What to know about Eid al-Adha, the Islamic holiday.

Updated: Feb 13

Many expats and those living abroad are not familiar with local traditions and religious festivals whilst living in that country. India being rich in heritage and culture has some amazing festivals and celebrations to participate in.

Pigeons fly past as Muslims gather to offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo: Manish Swarup, AP)


"The day begins with morning prayers. During this time, millions of Muslims travel to the holy city of Mecca, where they circle a cube-shaped object called the Kaaba to praise God during the five daily prayers. The Kaaba represents God's house and the oneness of God in the religion. 


Following the same concept as the Quranic story, Eid al-Adha is marked with the sacrifice of an animal, with sheep, cows, or goats being common choices. The meat is then distributed to family, neighbors and the poor. 


The celebrations continue with visits to family and friends and feasts, with children receiving gifts such as money and new clothes, reported CNN. The day is also a time when families donate to the poor and visit the graves of their loved ones. 


How long does Eid al-Adha last? 


While Muslims in countries such as the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Egypt celebrated the holiday on Sunday, other countries including Lebanon, Iraq, India and the United Kingdom will begin commemorating on Monday. The start of the festival depends on the sighting of the new moon. The four-day holiday will end Wednesday for some countries, and Thursday for others. 


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According to the Pew Research Center, there were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world as of 2015. With the metro Detroit area having one of the highest concentration of Arab-Americans in the country, communities such as Dearborn and Dearborn Heights are recognizing Eid al-Adha on social media.


Original Publicaton: Freep.com Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press

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