Eid al-Adha is the single most important holiday of the Muslim calendar, and is a national public holiday in Jordan. It is recorded in the Koran that Ibrahim offered his son Ishmael in sacrifice to Allah on this day, in obedience to Allah’s command. Ultimately Allah provided a goat in place of Ishmael.
|2019||11 Aug||Sun||Eid al-Adha|
|2020||31 Jul||Fri||Eid al-Adha|
Lebanon’s population is either 54 percent Muslim. The remainder are mostly Christian, and both Islamic and Christian holidays are represented on the national holiday calendar.
For “Eid”, most Lebanese Muslims attend mosque, then sacrifice an goat, sheep or other livestock animal. A third of the animal’s meat is kept by the family who paid for the sacrifice, while another third is shared with family, friends and neighbours, and the other third with those too poor to sacrifice an animal.
In Lebanon during Eid, people also attend amusement parks and playgrounds and give sweets and candy to children, as well as joining in other public festivities.