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Eid-ul-Adha 2024 Celebrations: Dates and Customs Around the World

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Eid Ul Adha 2024 Celebrations: Dates And Customs Around The World

Eid-ul-Adha is an annual Islamic festival celebrated on the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah, the final month in the Islamic lunar calendar, after the conclusion of the Hajj pilgrimage. It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim‘s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah.

This festival holds special importance as it is a day of sacrifice and devotion. It symbolizes the willingness to follow divine commands without hesitation, as demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim when Allah substituted Ismail with a ram for sacrifice.

Among the countries that observe Eid-ul-Adha with great fervor are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, and the UAE. The Day of Arafat, which precedes Eid-ul-Adha, is a significant occasion in the UAE, with three days of public holidays marked for this celebration.

In Morocco, a unique custom is the application of henna on the horns of the sacrificial animal in the belief that it brings good fortune. Families come together to enjoy festivities, exchange gifts, and partake in the shared spirit of giving.

Moon sighting committees in various countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Brunei confirm the sighting of the crescent moon to determine the beginning of Dhul Hijjah. This year, the crescent moon was sighted on June 7, setting the stage for Eid-ul-Adha celebrations on June 17 in many countries.

Countries like Brunei, Japan, India, and Pakistan also celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on June 17, marking the culmination of prayers, sacrifices, and festivities that highlight the essence of faith and devotion.

Rachel Adams

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