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Eid Al-Adha Celebrations: A feast with all the goodies

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Eid Al-Adha is the symbol of unity, brotherhood, and solidarity. Eid Al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage. It lasts for three days commemorating Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail to obey Allah’s orders. The day of Arafat precedes Eid Al-Adha, which is the greatest day of the year. 

Eid Al-Adha is the second of the two major religious holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world. Eid Al-Adha celebrations differ from one country to another, However, they all share the main ritual to celebrate Eid Al-Adha which is the sacrifice and donating its meat to their families, the underprivileged, and prepare the delicious meat dishes from the rest for themselves, their friends and family.

We’ll take you on a tour around the world to see how Eid Al-Adha celebrations differ from one country to another…

Eid Al-Adha Celebrations in Saudi Arabia

Many Saudi families sacrifice a sheep or a goat, a cow, or even a camel. The meat is divided into three parts and then shared among family, friends, and neighbors, and the less fortunate. It is usually a quiet time in the Kingdom with most of the shops closed for three days. Nonetheless, Eid Al-Adha Celebrations in small towns are always big. With colorful decorations, balloons, traditional dishes, and songs.

Eid Al-Adha celebrations in Saudi Arabia

Eid Al-Adha Celebrations in United Arab of Emirates

Eid Al-Adha Celebrations are the days of joy and charity in the UAE. It is celebrated with special food, traditional dances, and bright decorations all over the country. 

Traditionally, sheep, goats, or cows are slaughtered, often with a group of neighbors or members of an extended family buying one animal whose meat is then shared. The meat also is distributed to family, friends, and the needy in the community. Men would wear a new Kandoora (a long white robe). Women would dress in special eid clothes and prepare their hair with special perfumes and braids. The women also dye their hands with Henna. While children receive gifts, money and celebrate by singing and dancing all day long.

Eid Al-Adha Celebrations in Egypt

Eid Al-Adha is known as Al-Eid Al-Kabir (which means the Grand Feast) or Eid Al-Lahma (which means Meat Feast). The celebrations begin with large gatherings for Eid prayers. Men in white robes, and kids in colorful outfits receiving gifts and balloons at the end of the prayer. Followed by gathering to do the sacrifice. Eid Al-Adha celebrations usually begin with eating the sacrifice’s liver on breakfast. The main dish for Eid Al-Adha is Fatah (which is mainly rice and meat). It is a traditional dish in Egypt that is loved by many. The rest of Eid days are spent among family, outdoor outings, and distribution of the sacrifice meat among the needy. 

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Eid Al-Adha Celebrations in India

Eid Al-Adha is known as Kurbanir Eid or Bakri Eid and is observed as both a religious occasion and a festive one. Nearly a month before the festival begins, preparations will begin with sweet shops preparing special sweets, gift stores wrapping the gifts with special wraps, and clothes vendors stocking their shelves with the goods enjoyed by families across the country.

Eid Al-Adha Celebrations in Pakistan

Eid Al-Adha celebrations take 4 days rather than 3 days like most countries. All shops are closed and people spend the day in prayer and performing the Qurbani sacrifice. The meat from animal sacrifices is then distributed among friends, relatives, and the poor.  Families will then come together to share food and exchange gifts.

Eid Al-Adha Celebrations in Turkey

It is commonly unlucky to start a business or get married between Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Adha celebrations begin with Eid prayers, then the sacrifice rituals, in some cities people paint their sacrifices with Henna and decorate them with ribbons. Eid Al-Adha celebrations are never complete without wearing their best outfits and inviting guests, family, and friends over. 

 

Eid Mubarak!

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