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Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha 2019 and 2020

Eid al-Adha is a national holiday in Egypt, as in other Islamic countries. The feast celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice even his son Ishmael out of obedience to Allah.

201911 AugSunEid al-Adha
12 AugMonEid al-Adha Holiday
202031 JulFriEid al-Adha
1 AugSatEid al-Adha Holiday

It is said Allah prevented Ibrahim from going through with the sacrifice of Ishmael at the last moment, and that it was only a test of Ibrahim’s faith. Muslims remember Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a sheep, goat, or other livestock for Eid al-Adha. The streets will be full of livestock on this day, and the slaughterhouses will be immensely busy.

Those who can’t afford their own sacrificial animal will generally be given meat from a Muslim family who has slaughtered an animal.

The first order of business on Eid al-Adha is to attend early morning prayers at the local mosque or at another location. But right after mosque, people go to sacrifice an animal and then to hold a festive feast with family and friends.

Many will also don their best attire, visit relatives, exchange small gifts, give candy and sweets to children, and attend various cultural and religious events on Eid al-Adha.