Eid ul Adha is one of the two biggest Islamic festivals celebrated on the 10th of Zil-Hajj.
The Zil-Hajj is the last month if the Lunar Islamic Calendar that is sighted as per the appearance of the new moon. The Lunar Islamic month is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian Calendar hence, the date changes each year.
Eid ul Adha is celebrated after the completion of the yearly Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj, an obligation for all Muslims who follow particular requirements, is one of the most important Five Pillars of Islam.
The Muslims around the globe celebrate this festival is as per the following date of their own country and it lasts for 3 days. These three days are announced as public holidays in every Islamic country to celebrate and perform the act of sacrificing animals in the way of Allah Al-Mighty.
And the purpose of celebrating Eid ul Adha or Eid e Qurban is to commemorate the dedication of Prophet Ibrahim A.S to Allah Al-Mighty. Upon GOD’s command, his readiness to sacrifice his beloved son, Hazrat Ismail A.S was a great act of obedience towards his the only true GOD.
During the very moment of when Hazrat Ibrahim A.S was about to slaughter Hazrat Ismail A.S, Allah Al-Mighty placed a Ram in between the knife and Hazrat Ismail A.S and took His up to the heavens.
In this way, the Ram was slaughtered on Hazrat Ismail’s (A.S) place.
This all act basically was to test the faith of both the father and the son towards their creator on HIS orders and undoubtedly, they were rewarded with the acceptance of their sacrifice by the Al-Mighty Allah. Hence, this is why the festival is known as the festival of sacrifice and considered the biggest of all Islamic festivals.
The day of Eid-ul-Adha begins with the Eid Prayer performed in the “Eid-Gagh” afterward the people perform the act of sacrifice (Qurbani) their animals in the way of ALLAH.
The days of celebration of Eid and the act of sacrifice are 10th – 12th Zil-Hajj. The act of sacrificing is basically slaughtering any Kosher (Halal) animal-like, Goat, Cow, Buffalo, or a Camel, etc in the way of Allah to fulfill the ritual of Islam.
The distribution of the meat of the slaughtered animals is fixed by religion. It is mandatory to divide the meat into three equal parts in which one is for the poor and needy and the 2nd is for the relatives, friends, and neighbors whereas, the 3rd part is allowed to be put for self-use.
After the fulfillment of the ritual of sacrifice, people enjoy their traditional ways of celebrating Eid Day. They put on new clothes and get ready, sending and receiving Eid Gifts and Eidi among the families.
The ladies engage themselves in the kitchens to prepare different delicious dishes for their loved ones. They also visit their friends and relatives’ places for greeting them and enjoying their Eid day surrounded by the people they love.