Eid Al Adha 2017 and 2018
Eid al-Adha is a religious holiday in Kuwait, which means that all government offices, schools, shops, and most businesses remain closed for the day.
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Eid al-Adha, pronounced as EED al-UHD-huh, is a holiday in Kuwait that also goes by the name the Feast of Sacrifice. It is one of two Eid holidays that the Muslim people celebrate. The other widely observed holiday is Eid al-Fitr. It comes after the end of Ramadan, which is the month of fasting in the Muslim religion.
The History of Eid al-Adha
This day commemorates the time God appeared to Ibraham to test him. To commemorate the test God gave Ibrahim, many families in Kuwait sacrifice an animal and share the meat it produces with the poor in the community. It is important to note, that the animal has to meet certain standards to qualify for sacrifice. The criteria for selecting the animal include choosing a healthy goat or sheep that isn’t lame or blind, and certain minimum age restrictions apply. On this day, they also must donate to various charities that benefit the poor. Many Muslims also exchange presents on this day.
This is considered a revered observance by the Muslim people and is a four-day religious event that coincides with the height of the Hajj, which is the time that Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca. All who are physically and financially able have to undertake this journey at least one time during their life. This pilgrimage draws more than two million people each year.
What Happens on Eid al-Adha/Feast of Sacrifice in Kuwait?
The day begins with morning prayers. However, the celebrations of this day continue with visits from friends and family members. Many Muslims also exchange gifts and have great feasts on this day. Those who are financially able, slaughter an animal, such as a sheep or cow, and share the meat with the poorer individuals in the community in honour of the sacrifice made by Abraham.
This is considered a time to spend with family and friends and to give back to those who are less fortunate. There are some Muslims who spend the entire day working for charities and ensuring that they observe the day as suggested by their religion.
If you are planning a visit to Kuwait during the Feast of Sacrifice celebration, it is a good idea to fully understand the customs of the Muslim people. In many cases, you are going to witness the animal sacrifices in the street, which may seem unusual for those who practice a different religion.
If you are a visitor, make sure to have everything needed before the day of the celebration since most businesses remain closed for the observance of this holiday.
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