Eid al-Adha, known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” is an important Islamic holiday, commemorating Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son for God, who then provided a ram instead. Falling on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the date varies yearly based on the lunar Islamic calendar and coincides with the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Usually, this festival lasts for two to four days.
Globally, Muslim communities honour Eid al-Adha with special prayers, sermons, and charity, especially meat distribution to the poor. A key tradition is the ritual animal sacrifice, symbolising Ibrahim’s act, with the meat shared among family, friends, and the needy. Celebrations also include feasting, new clothes, and gift swaps. In different parts of the world, local traditions and cultural practices add unique flavours to the celebration, reflecting the diversity of the global Muslim community.