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When is Eid ul-Adha in 2024?

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Eid al-Adha, often referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice, is one of the most significant holidays in the Islamic calendar. This article delves into the essence of Eid al-Adha, its importance to the Muslim community, and what to expect as the world observes this holy day on 16th June 2024.

What is Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr) and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. However, before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, God provided a ram to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, animals are sacrificed ritually. One-third of their meat is consumed by the family offering the sacrifice, while the rest is distributed to the needy and poor.

When is Eid al-Adha?

The timing of Eid al-Adha is determined by the Islamic lunar calendar. It falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is lunar, the date of Eid al-Adha varies in the Gregorian calendar. In 2024, Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on 17th June. The date can vary from country to country, depending on the sighting of the moon which heralds the start of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Moon will be se on the 7th of June which will make the 8th the first of Thul-Hajjah

How is Eid al-Adha Celebrated?

Eid al-Adha begins with a prayer service comprising two rakats (units of prayer) performed in an open field or large hall. It is followed by a sermon, during which attendees are asked to remember the less fortunate and make charitable donations.

Post the prayer, the sacrifice of a sheep, cow, goat, buffalo, or camel takes place. This sacrifice is known as Qurbani. To capture the spirit of Eid al-Adha, it is important that the meat from the sacrifice is shared amongst family, friends, and most importantly, the underprivileged.

In addition to the sacrifice, other common practices include:

  • Visiting friends and family to share meals and happiness.
  • Giving gifts, particularly to children.
  • Dressing in fine clothing in celebration of the festival.

Significance of Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha is not just a celebration of faith and surrender to God but also a day to uplift the spirit of compassion and sharing. The festival reminds Muslims to be grateful for their blessings and to share them with others, particularly those in need. It emphasizes the connectedness of the community and the importance of charity.

Conclusion

As the world prepares to celebrate Eid al-Adha on 17th June 2024, understanding the deep spiritual and communal implications of the day can enhance the appreciation of this significant occasion. Whether participating in the sacrifices, sharing meals with family, or donating to the less fortunate, Eid al-Adha offers a moment to reflect on the virtues of faith, sacrifice, and charity.

Celebrating Eid al-Adha enriches the lives of participants with joy, community spirit, and an enhanced commitment to fulfilling their religious and moral obligations towards God and humanity.

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