Eid Ul Adha is a three-day festival that is celebrated by Muslims around the world. The dates of the festival vary year to year, and this year Eid Ul Adha will be celebrated in the UK from the evening of June 30th till the evening of the 3rd of August.
Eid Ul Adha is also known as “festival of the sacrifice” commemorating the story of Prophet Abraham’s test of faith, where it is believed he was willing to sacrifice his son for God, but God showed mercy and spared the boy’s life by replacing him with a ram. Muslims around the world commemorate this event by performing a similar animal sacrifice and distributing the meat to family, neighbours and those in need. Eid Ul Adha is also significant in that is marks the end of the five-day Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.
As we have come out of lockdown, it is now permissible for those who celebrate Eid in the UK to celebrate outside the confinements of their homes. Places of worship are now open for individual prayer and it is permissible for larger groups of people to meet. This Eid many will celebrate by going to Eid gatherings and visiting family and friends in parks, homes and restaurants.