Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid al-Kabir or Eid al-Qurban, Bakra Eid is falling on September 10, this year. Here are seven interesting facts about it.
Eid al-Adha is the Festival of Sacrifice in English. It is celebrated to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to follow God’s command to sacrifice his only son, Ishmael.
When slaughtering sheep on this day, a Muslim must recite ‘tusmiya’ before sacrificing a sheep and make sure it is of a certain age and in good health.
The meat from the sacrifice is divided into three portions: A third for the family, a third to friends, and a third donated to the poor.
In the period around Eid al-Adha, many Muslims travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the popular Hajj pilgrimage.
On the first morning of the festival, Muslims attend morning prayers at local mosques. It is often said that it is better to take a different route back home than the route first taken to reach the mosque.