Eid al-Adha

or Eid ul-Ad·ha, ʾId al-Ad·ha

[ eeduhl-ahd-hah ]
/ id əlˈɑd hɑ /
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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.



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Also called Great Festival .

Origin of Eid al-Adha

First recorded in 1730–40, Eid al-Adha is from Arabic ʿīd al-aḍḥā “festival of sacrifice”
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