Eid al-Adha

Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha as more than 2 million pilgrims carry out the final days of Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Culture & Heritage | Faith & Spirituality


Eid al-Adha is one of the Islamic calendar’s two most important happenings. Translating into “Festival of Sacrifice”, it is the second of two festival celebrated every year (with the other being Eid al-Fitr). It honours Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, following which God provides a male goat to be sacrificed instead. As a tribute to the event, sheep and goats are sacrificed and their meet divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor, another to relatives and the third remains for the family.