Eid Al Adha in United Arab Emirates in 2020

  How long until Eid Al Adha?
This holiday next takes place in 318 days.
  Dates of Eid Al Adha in United Arab Emirates
2021 Jul 20, Jul 21
United Arab EmiratesWed, Jul 21National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesTue, Jul 20National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesTue, Jul 20National Holiday (additional day)
2020 Jul 31, Aug 1, Aug 2
United Arab EmiratesSun, Aug 2National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesSat, Aug 1National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesFri, Jul 31National Holiday
2019 Aug 11, Aug 12, Aug 13
United Arab EmiratesTue, Aug 13National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesMon, Aug 12National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesSun, Aug 11National Holiday
2018 Aug 19, Aug 21, Aug 22, Aug 23
United Arab EmiratesThu, Aug 23National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesWed, Aug 22National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesTue, Aug 21National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSun, Aug 19Government Holiday
2017 Sep 1, Sep 2, Sep 3
United Arab EmiratesSun, Sep 3Government Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSat, Sep 2National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesFri, Sep 1National Holiday
Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah's command, before he was stopped by Allah.
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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 or Bakr-id; the 'Feast of Sacrifice' is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar.

The festival may also be known as Al Eid Al Kabeer, which means the 'Grand Eid'. It has this more important status as in religious terms as this Eid lasts for four days whereas Eid Al Fitr is one day, even though most countries observe about the same number of public holidays for both Eids.

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. Eid Al Lahma, which means the 'meat Eid'

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.

Did you know?

In Egypt, the festival is often called Eid Al Lahma, which means the 'meat Eid'.

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.

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