Syria has been the scene of a long civil war for over a decade, but even in the midst of this conflict, the nation’s Muslims have found time to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the most holy of all days on the Islamic calendar.
The basis of the holiday is related to sacrifice. The tenth of Dhul al-Hijja is when Ibrahim demonstrated his willingness to obey Allah even if it meant sacrificing his son Ishmael. Ultimately, Allah saw Ibrahim’s obedience and provided a goat as a sacrifice in Ishmael’s place.
Thus, it is the sacrifice of goats, sheep, and other livestock in commemoration of Ibrahim’s sacrifice that is the true “main event” of Eid al-Adha.
Eid al-Adha is also a day to feast and laugh and have fun with family and friends. It’s a day for giving charitable donations to the poor, and exchanging gifts with loved ones. People also buy and wear new clothes if they can, visit friends and relatives, and take pleasure in greeting even strangers with a hearty “Happy Eid!”