Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Eid ul-Adha!

Today is Eid ul-Adha (عيد الأضحى), also known in English as the "Festival of Sacrifice". One of the most important holidays in Islam, it commemorates Abraham/Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael/Isma'il at the command of God and also represents an important stage of the Hajj (حج‎), the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Front of the Jamia Masjid in Delhi, India

Apart from prayer, the most important way of celebrating holiday consists in slaughtering cow, goat, sheep, or other such animal, with part of the meat traditionally distributed among the poor and needy. For me, the most direct effect of the holiday this year is that my professor canceled today's Arabic class...

Last year's Eid ul-Adha post may be found here.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting tradition.
    Happy Eid ul-Adha!


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