Eid al-Adha or “the Feast of Sacrifice” is a public holiday in Oman. The exact timing of Eid al-Adha is determined by local moon sightings, but the date is the tenth day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja. The date shifts by 10 or 11 days per year on the Gregorian Calendar.
|2019||11 Aug to 14 Aug||Sun to Wed||Eid al-Adha Holiday|
|2020||31 Jul to 3 Aug||Fri to Mon||Eid al-Adha Holiday|
Eid al-Adha celebrations continue for four days after the holiday’s official date. It is also the end of the Hajj season, which is the time when many Muslims go on pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Muslims believe that Ibraham offered Ismail, his son, as a sacrifice to Allah on Mount Moriah in Arabia. An angel is said to have stopped him and an animal was then provided by Allah to sacrifice instead. For this reason, Muslims sacrifice animals, be it a sheep, goat, or cow, on Eid al-Adha to commemorate the willingness of Ibraham to give up even his own son in obedience to Allah.
Besides sacrifices, there are also prayers at the mosques and in homes in the morning, festive meals, exchanging of gifts, and giving of food to the poor as part of the Eid celebrations.