or Eid ul-Ad·ha, ʾId al-Ad·ha
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What is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha is a major Islamic festival that commemorates the story of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael (Ishmael) when Allah commanded him to. When Ibrahim showed that he would obey, Allah provided a sheep for Ibrahim to sacrifice instead.
For this reason, Eid al-Adha traditionally involves sacrificing a sheep or goat. The meat is then divided among family, friends, and those in need.
Eid al-Adha lasts for four days. Many Muslims observe the festival by dressing up, attending services at their mosque, gathering with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and making charitable donations.
Eid al-Adha occurs on the last day of Hajj, a pilgrimage that Muslims are obligated to undertake once in their lives.
Eid al-Adha can also be spelled ʾId al-Adha or Eid-ul-Adha. It’s often referred to simply as Eid. However, Eid can also refer to another festival, Eid al-Fitr, which happens at a different time. Eid al-Adha is sometimes called Big Eid, the Festival of Sacrifice, and the Great Festival.
One traditional greeting for Eid al-Adha is Eid Mubarak, roughly meaning “Happy Eid” or “Blessed Eid.”
When is Eid al-Adha?
In 2023, Eid al-Adha will begin on the evening of June 27 and end on the evening of June 30. In 2024, Eid al-Adha will begin on the evening of June 15 and end on the evening of June 18.
Eid al-Adha always begins on the tenth day of Dhu ʾl-hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the date on which Eid al-Adha is observed varies from year to year.
More information and context on Eid al-Adha
The name Eid al-Adha comes from the Arabic ʿīd al-aḍḥā, meaning “festival of sacrifice.” The word Eid means “festival” or “feast.” The first records of the name Eid al-Adha used in English come from the 1700s.
The Jewish Torah and the Christian Old Testament also include a version of the story in which a sheep is sacrificed in place of a child (in these versions, the names Abraham and Isaac are used).
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Eid al-Adha is one of the two major festivals in Islam, along with Eid al-Fitr.
As a Muslim today, Friday is Eid al-Adha for us, and I am proud of that,
God willing, all Muslims in the world today and all of our friends will celebrate with us as well, in solidarity with us😃 Distributing cakes and local sweets, and distributing meat to the poor and needy😃 pic.twitter.com/YlLIHvHDem
— #Liverpool 1Nassif ayahy (@AyahyNassif) July 30, 2020
Anyone else’s family call Eid al-Adha, ‘big eid’ or just mine?
— North Africans United (@NABanter) July 30, 2020
A bipartisan bill introduced in the Texas House would make it easier for state employees to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha https://t.co/BPbL5R3fYq
— KSAT 12 (@ksatnews) April 20, 2021
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Eid al-Adha is the same as Eid al-Fitr.
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Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland’s largest district, added a day off for Eid al-Adha in 2015 and another day off for Eid al-Fitr in 2019.Faith leaders criticize Fairfax school board for delaying vote on adding four religious holidays to calendar|Hannah Natanson|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
In fact, one the most sacred holiday for Muslims is the sacrifice of Abraham, known as Eid al-Adha.Why Muslims Love Jesus Too|Dean Obeidallah|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A plan for political resolution is to be released after the Eid al Adha holiday, which ended yesterday.Egypt's Army and Muslim Brotherhood Are Negotiating, Says Islamist Leader|Jesse Rosenfeld|October 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST