Eid al Adha vs Eid al Fitr – what is the difference?
What is Eid al Adha?
The name of the holiday Eid al Adha means ‘the celebration of the sacrifice’.
Eid al Adha refers to a tale of sacrifice mentioned in the Koran, in which God asked the Prophet Ibrahim in a dream to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as a test of his faith.
The Koran explains Ibrahim at first ignored the dream but later decided to go through with the plan to sacrifice his son, as a way of proving his faith.
Other followers of the faith believed Ibrahim had been possessed by the devil and tried to tell him not to kill his son.
As he was about to go through with the sacrifice, God replaced his son with a goat, which was sacrificed in his place.
The significance of this incident is now carried as a ritual of the religion and is celebrated every year, where Muslims continue the sacrifice and spend the day with feasting with their loved ones.
This celebration is also the basis of the famous Hajj pilgrimage – where Muslims travel to the holy site of Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islam.
The celebration of Eid is a public holiday in many Islamic countries, but is not one in the UK, despite a campaign for it to be recognised as one back in 2014.
Eid means “celebration” and Mubarak means “blessed”, often Eid Mubarak is used as a greeting over this period.
Eid al Fitr took place earlier in the year on May 23, to mark the end of the Ramadan fast.
Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, any celebrations that take place this year will have to be parred down due to social distancing regulations.
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