Idd-ul-Azha in Kenya in 2019

  How long until Idd-ul-Azha?
This holiday next takes place in 26 days.
  Dates of Idd-ul-Azha in Kenya
2021Kenya Tue, Jul 20National Holiday
2020Kenya Fri, Jul 31National Holiday
2019Kenya Mon, Aug 12National Holiday
2018Kenya Tue, Aug 21National Holiday
2017Kenya Fri, Sep 1National Holiday
Commemorates the Prophet Abrahams willingness to sacrifice everything for God
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When is Eid al-Adha?

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.

This festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for God.

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.

Traditions of Eid Al Adha

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 tradition of Eid al Adha.

Idd Ul Adha is mainly an Islamic holiday, though in some years it has been marked with a public holiday for all Kenyans. Idd Ul Adha is celebrated in many parts of Kenya, but the biggest celebrations take place along the Indian Ocean coast, where the largest population of Kenyan Muslims live. 

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