BY | October 13, 2013

Eid al Adha 2013 is being celebrated in USA, Canada on 15th October. Hajj and Eid al Adha are celebrated across the world with unmatched gaiety and prayers.

Eid-ul-Adha is the “Feast of Sacrifice” that commemorates the faith and devotion of Prophet Abraham, celebrated by Muslims across the world.

Muslims believe that Allah asked Abraham to sacrifice his dearest in His name. Since Abraham loved his son the most, the good man’s great devotion made him decide to sacrifice his son. Allah rewarded Abraham’s devotion and sacrifice by sparing the son’s life and replacing his son with a lamb the moment he would struck the blow. To commemorate his great devotion, Muslims sacrifice an animal on the tenth of Zu-Al-Hajj of the Hijri calendar, the day when Abraham made his sacrifice.

Muslims go to the holy city of Mecca to perform Hajj and mark the end of the Hajj by sacrificing an animal on the tenth of Zu-Al Hajj month, commemorating Abraham’s remarkable sacrifice. Those who do not go to perform Hajj sacrifice an animal on the tenth of the month across the globe, pray and celebrate with feasting and distributing the meat of the sacrifice. Those who sacrifice animals divide the meat in three portions. One portion is distributed among the needy and poor, one portion is presented to family and friends and one portion can be used by the family itself.

Here is a look at how people celebrate in different countries.

The United States of America: Muslims go to morning Eid prayers at a mosque before breakfast. Then they return home to feast with family and friends.

Egypt: Called “Eid el-Kibr”, the day begins with people getting ready for the morning Eid prayers. Prayers include special sermons and then they  head home for the sacrifice. People then met family and friends and begin the celebratory feast. One third of the meat of the sacrifice is consumed by those who offer the sacrifice, the second portion is presented to family and friends. One third of the whole is given to the poor and needy.

Pakistan: Eid-ul-Adha is a four day celebration here. Holiday means all the stores and businesses remain closed. People begin the day with morning prayers then they sacrifice their animals and head home for the family feasting. The sacrifice and feasting continues for three more days.

Morocco: Eid-ul-Adha is a three day festival and celebrations and prayers are similar to other countries. Following the morning prayers, people offer cow, goat, ram, lamb and even camel as sacrifice. The obligatory three-part of the meat is followed everywhere.

Bangladesh: Sacrifice takes major importance here and people take great care to choose the best animal for sacrifice. After the morning prayers, people take charge of the sacrifice. Preparations for the sacrifice are done months before. People consider the animal’s age and health before selecting it for sacrifice. Sacrifice of an unhealthy animal is considered imperfect

Traditions remain the same in different countries, only the dishes in the feast take variety and change with the change in location. The fervor, devotion and piety accompany every sacrifice on this day.

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