Eid al-Adha or Kurban Bayramı is celebrated by Muslims around the world from July 30 to August 3 this year.
Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday of the end of the Hajj, celebrated 70 days after the holiday of Uraza Bayram, on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, commemorating the sacrifice of Ibrahim, who is considered a prophet in Islam.
In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha lasts for four days. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year shifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
The holiday is also called the “Festival of the Sacrifice.” Sacrifice is the culmination of the holiday. This is a symbol of faith and fidelity to God, a sign of sacrifice and humility. The victim may be a ram, a camel, or a cow.
This is one of the most important Muslim holidays. Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky promised to make this holiday a state holiday.
How is it celebrated?
During the celebration, Muslims must perform ablution and wear clean and festive clothing.
They recite the festive takbir (glorification of Allah with the words "Allahu akbar"). It is repeated during a morning walk to the mosque.
A festive prayer takes place in the mosque, followed by a sermon.
And, perhaps, the main element of the holiday is sacrifice.
Affluent Muslims who can afford it sacrifice their best halal domestic animals as a symbol of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son.