What Is Eid Day?
- The End of the Annual Hajj Pilgrim
- The Gregorian Calendar in Countries Dependent on the New Moon
- The Qurbani Meat
- Eid al-Fitr and the Lunar Calendar
- The Feast of the Sacrifice
- The Festival of the Breaking and Reconciliation in Islam
- Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan
- Hausa greetings in West Africa
- Bakrid and the sacrifice of animals
The End of the Annual Hajj Pilgrim
The end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage is marked by the holiday. It is different from the other major Muslim holiday, which was celebrated in May to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is celebrated during the Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj, in which thousands of Muslims travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to worship in the Ka'bah, the most sacred site in Islam.
Anna Bigelow, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Berkeley, said that the meat from sacrificed animals is shared with the community and food banks in areas where there are poor Muslims. Spending time with friends and family is one of the things that celebrations usually include. A big communal religious ceremony or service usually includes a prayer and a sermon.
The Gregorian Calendar in Countries Dependent on the New Moon
The Gregorian calendar falls 11 days earlier each year than the Islamic calendar because the Islamic calendar is lunar and the Gregorian calendar is solar. In 2000CE, there was a second Eid in the last ten days of the Gregorian calendar year if the first one fell in the first ten days. The Gregorian date may be different in countries depending on the new moon. Some expatriate Muslim communities follow the local dates of their home country, while others follow the dates determined by the country of residence.
The Qurbani Meat
The Qurbani meat can be divided into three equal portions, one third for you and your family, one third for friends and the final third for those in need.
Eid al-Fitr and the Lunar Calendar
In many countries, the holiday of Eid al-Fitr is a national holiday. Families and friends can enjoy the celebrations together when schools, offices and businesses are closed. In the U.S. and the U.K., Muslims can request to have a day off from school or work to travel or celebrate.
The Feast of the Sacrifice
In places like Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, there is a public holiday called the "Eid al-Adha". It is not a public holiday in many countries. Some Islamic organizations may be closed or have reduced service on holidays like the one that is called the Feast of the Sacrifice.
The Festival of the Breaking and Reconciliation in Islam
As Ibrahim is about to kill Ismail, Allah stops him, sending the Angel Jibreel, or Gabriel, with a ram to sacrifice instead. The final day of the pilgrimage is the commemoration of the Adha, which is Arabic for sacrifice. Because Ibrahim was allowed to sacrifice a ram instead of his son, the first day of the festival is celebrated by those with means to do so.
The holiest city in Islam, Mecca, is celebrated on the final day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Muslims are asked to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, and 2 million do so each year. The first festival of the breaking of the fast is called the "Eid al-Fitr", Arabic for "festival of the breaking of the fast", which occurs at the end of the month of Ramadan.
One of the five pillars of the Islamic faith is Sawm. The first verse of the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan. The holier of the two festivals, the festival of Eid al-Adha, is held after the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan
Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan takes people out of their normal lifestyles and requires them to engage in solemn contemplation and examination. It is thought that hunger and thirst will increase people's awareness of the sufferings of the poor and give them a greater appreciation for what they have. Muslims celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha by slaughtering animal for meat, but it is not the same as the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The meat is given away to the less fortunate after being shared with family and friends.
Hausa greetings in West Africa
Muslims throughout West Africa use the Hausa language. "Barka da Sallah" is their equivalent of the greetings in Hausa. "Ni Ti Yuun' palli" is the greeting among the speakers of the Kusaase and Dagbanli languages.
Bakrid and the sacrifice of animals
The end of the month of Hajj is when the festival of bahlid is celebrated. It is the last month of the lunar Islamic calendar. The most important aspect of Bakrid is sacrifice.
Animals are sacrificed. The animals must meet certain standards of excellence and the sacrifice is carried out according to the religious laws. If the family is poor, seven or seventy families can contribute to sacrifice one animal.