Eid al-Adha is a national public holiday in Iraq and is considered the holiest day on the Islamic calendar.
Eid al-Adha commemorates the day when Ibrahim, according to the Koran, offered Ishmael his son as a sacrifice to Allah after Allah told him to do so in a dream. Allah ultimately provided a goat to be sacrificed instead of Ishmael, after Allah saw Ibrahim’s obedience.
In Iraq, people celebrate Eid al-Adha by going to the local mosque to pray, recite the Koran, and listen to a sermon. They also sacrifice an animal, feast on the meat with family and friends and provide a third of the meat to the poor. Muslims will also gon on Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia at least once in their lives if they are financially and physically able to do so. During Hajj they follow the model of Muhammad and commemorate Ibrahim’s trust in God.