Eid al-Adha date: When is Eid al-Adha? Moon sighting explained

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Eid al-Adha is known as the Festival of Sacrifice and it is one of two Eid festivals in the Islamic calendar. The first Eid festival this year was Eid al-Fitr, which ended on May 13 following the end of Ramadan. Eid al-Adha is considered the holier of the two Eid festivals.

What is the meaning behind Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha is a day honouring Prophet Ibrahim and his commitment to Allah.

In his obedience to Allah, Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son, Ismail.

However, before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, Allah produced a lamb for him to sacrifice instead.

How do Muslims mark Eid al-Adha?

Muslims will often honour Eid al-Adha with family, friends and the poor.

To mark Eid al-Adha, many Muslims will attend a mosque to pray and thank Allah for all of their blessings.

Muslims will also give money to charity on this holy day.

For some Muslims, Eid al-Adha is marked by the slaughtering of an animal.

This is known as Qurbani and the meat is traditionally divided into three.

One-third of the Qurbani meat is given to family, while another third of the Qurbani meat is given to friends.

The final third of the Qurbani meat is donated to people in need.

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When is Eid al-Adha?

The day of Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day in the final (twelfth) month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Under the Gregorian calendar, this means the date of Eid al-Adha moves forward by some 11 days every year.

The day that celebrations fall on for Eid al-Adha is dependent on a sighting of the new moon.

Based on predictions Eid al-Adha was expected to start on Monday, July 19, however, this estimate has now been revised.

Saudi Arabia officials have said Eid al-Adha will begin on Tuesday, July 20 and will last for four days.

The date Eid al-Adha falls on can differ from country to country.

Some areas of the world may observe Eid al-Adha this year on Wednesday, July 21.

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