Bisnis.com, JAKARTA — Hari Raya Eid al-Adhaalso known as the “Feast of Sacrifice”, is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhulhijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.
The tradition of Eid al-Adha is celebrated as a commemoration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice everything for Allah SWT.
Cultural celebrations and practices naturally differ from East to West and country to country. With around two billion Muslims around the world, some things look different for everyone on Eid.
Tradition and Eid festivals vary across the world, many countries have a unique cultural approach to this important festival. Here are 9 traditions of Eid celebrations in various countries Deccan News:
1. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The UAE government provides at least three days of public holidays every year. The three-day festival begins with plentiful food and gifts. People celebrate it by decorating their homes with Eid al-Adha banners, followed by a big breakfast with delicacies such as ‘Doodh Khurmo, also known as Sheer Khurmo.
On the first day of the Feast of Sacrifice in Turkey, men from each family traditionally go to the mosque for morning prayers. In some parts of the country, sacrificed goats are painted and decorated with ribbons. In recent years, some Turks have started donating to charity instead of sacrificing animals.
The event, called “Eid Kibr” in Egypt, has a greater significance than the Eid holiday. People meet by praying “kol sana wa inta tayeb”, which translates to “I hope every year you find goodness”. In honor of Prophet Ibrahim, the meat of “Kurban” is given along with many alms.
Iranian Muslims dress officially for Eid al-Adha prayers, known as Namaz Eid, which take place in mosques and open spaces across the country. There is a term “salt Ied” for the food, as there are more variations of savory and beef or mutton based dishes. The meat is used to make various kebabs and haleem, wheat or barley stews, and meats.
This holiday is celebrated with religious festivals for four days. The program began with a short prayer followed by a sermon. Meat from sacrificial animals is distributed to friends, family members and the poor. As in other countries, families will come together to share food and exchange gifts
This holy festival is known as ‘Kurbanir Eid’ or ‘Bakri Eid’. Nearly a month before the festival begins, preparations begin with sweet shops, gift shops and fabric vendors stocking their shelves with items the family enjoys. Cows, goats and buffaloes are mainly selected and the slaughter begins immediately after the namaz (prayer ceremony) on the first day and continues for the next two to three days.
The Muslim Canadian Association (MAC) hosts the Eid al-Adha festival which includes celebrations including a carnival of rides, performances, sports tournaments and a variety of international cuisines. Thousands of people regularly attend these events which can last up to several days. Although it is not a national holiday in Canada, there are local traffic jams around mosques and Eid celebrations.
8. United States of America (USA)
Eid al-Adha services draw thousands of Muslims to places like Chicago, Illinois and Orlando, Florida. Many Muslims from different countries, including Pakistan, as well as countries in Eastern Europe and Africa, wear traditional clothes and share their national dishes. Many people sent money back to their home countries to help pay for the sacrifices.
9. United Kingdom (United Kingdom)
On Eid al-Adha, Muslims in the UK typically give gifts to children and visit friends and family. This event ends with the visit of exhibitions or festivals in several cities of England. Eid al-Adha improves the quality of life or opportunity in Muslim communities in the UK. Some mosques also organize study days or lectures on aspects of Islam and Islamic history.
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