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Eid al-Adha

or Eid ul-Adha, ʾId al-Adha

[eed uh l-ahd-hah] /id əlˈɑd hɑ/
a major festival of Islam, beginning on the tenth day of the last month of the calendar and lasting for four days, usually characterized by the sacrificing of a sheep, whose flesh is divided among relatives and friends in memory of the ransom of Ishmael with a ram.
Also called Great Festival.
Origin of Eid al-Adha
First recorded in 1730-40, Eid al-Adha is from the Arabic word ʿīd al-aḍḥā “festival of sacrifice” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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