Inside Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz City, Iran
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|The Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar|
Known as Eid al-Adha, Eid ul Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji, Greater Eid or Bakr-id; the 'Feast of Sacrifice' is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar.
Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.
As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date may vary between countries.
The date shown on this page for Eid al-Adha is based on the date of Eid al-Adha in Saudi Arabia.
Eid al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son.
The same story appears in the Bible and is familiar to Jews and Christians. One key difference is that Muslims believe the son was Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament.
According to the Quran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to make something else as a 'great sacrifice'. In the Old Testament, it is a ram that is sacrificed instead of the son.In Islam, Ishmael is regarded as a prophet and an ancestor of Muhammad.
During the feast of Eid Al Adha, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family will eat about a third of the meal a third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.
The giving of charity in the form of money, food or clothes to the homeless or poor is another key tradtion of Eid al Adha.
In Pakistan, the holiday is known as Eid ul-Azha and will be celebrated over several days.
The date of Eid ul-Azha is set by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee who meet to decide the sighting of the Zul Hajjah moon.
In the Philippines, Eidul Adha has been a public holiday since 2002. The date is set by a proclamation each year, usually issued a week or so before the date.
In Turkey, the feast is known as Kurban Bayramı and is the most important religious festival of the year and is a four day holiday.
In India, the festival is known as Bakrid, as 'Goat' is 'Bakr' in Urdu.