Eid ul Adha – also known as Eid al Adha, Qurbani Eid, Kurbani Bayrami or Bakra Eid – is the next landmark religious holiday for Muslims. Considered the holier of the two Eid celebrations; Eid al Fitr has already taken place this year to celebrate the end of Ramadan, while Eid al Adha will be marked with sacrifices. This is because this celebration honours Ibrahim, who was about to sacrifice his son Ishmael to show his devotion to Allah. As the sacrifice was about to take place, Allah gave Ibrahim a lamb to slaughter instead – recognising the strength of Ibrahim’s devotion. Read on to find out more about Eid ul Adha.

When is Eid Al Adha this year?

The timings of many Muslim celebrations are dependent on the sighting of the Moon’s crescent, following the New Moon.

Unlike Eid al Fitr, Eid ul Adha comes on the 10th day of the month – so the date is dependent on the Moon sighting that determines the start of said month.

This year, the Moon is expected to be sighted on August 1.

Therefore, both the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia has earmarked Eid al-Adha for Sunday, August 11.

Eid al-Adha usually lasts for four days but it can range from three to as many as 16 days in different countries.

Why does the date of Eid ul Adha change?

Eid ul-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.

Traditionally lasting four days, the first day of Eid ul-Adha marks the end of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

However, the date of this celebration changes from year to year as Muslims use a lunar calendar .

This is different in length to the Gregorian calendar, which is used in the UK and most places around the globe.

So this means the Gregorian date of Muslim holidays shifts slightly from one year to the next, falling about 11 days earlier each year.

How to celebrate Eid ul Adha?

In the UK, there are almost 2.8 million Muslims – making up almost five percent of the population.

The day will begin with performing ghouls – a full body ritual.

Muslims will then dress in their finest clothes for a prayer service, where they will later embrace their friends, family and neighbours with the blessing “Eid Mubarak” – or “have a bless Eid”.

The main ritual of the celebration is sacrificial – although British law dictates the animal must be killed in an official slaughterhouse.

Food consists mainly of savoury goods – unlike Eid al Fitr, which is known as the “sweet Eid”.

Depending on where you live, the main ingredient for the celebration is usually the meat from the slaughtered animal – such as a lamb or a goat.

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