When is Eid al-Adha 2017 in the UK? Your guide to Eid Mubarak wishes and how to perform Eid al-Adha prayer
Thursday 31 August marks the start of an auspicious week for millions of Muslims around the world, as devotees commence the annual Eid al-Adha celebrations following the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
Despite also being known as ‘Eid’, the September festival is distinct from Eid al-Fitr, the annual date that comes immediately after Ramadan, which is celebrated in the summer months.
The celebrations commence with Muslims going to the Mosque for morning prayers, and later gifting, family gatherings and the exchanging of cards.
Traditionally, the festival lasts for four days but public holidays vary around the world – with Arab countries observing a nine-day public holiday.
Here’s all you need to know on Greater Eid.
What is Eid al-Adha?
The Muslim festival is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or the Greater Eid and honors Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Ishmael, as an act of submission to God’s command.
When is Eid al-Adha 2017?
In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the 12th month and lasts for four days until the 13th day. n the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
The exact date and timing of the occasion varies on the positioning of the moon at the beginning of the Islamic calendar month, better known as Dhu’l-Hijjah.
As a result of this, Eid al-Adha often falls on different days around the world – depending on your location and region.
This year the celebration of the festival will be marked on the evening of thurday 31 August and end in the evening of Monday September 4.
How is Greater Eid celebrated?
On the commencing morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims will attend morning prayers at local mosques – often embarking on a different route back home, as this is following the example of the Prophet Muhammad.
Some Muslims also pray as part of community-led events in public places, such as parks – here are the events taking place around the UK for your family to get involved.
As it’s a celebratory festival, men and women will also dress up for the occasion, often wearing new outfits, or their best clothes.
It’s tradition to gift and be gifted new clothes during Eid al-Adha, families and friends will also gather together to exchange gifts, money and eat traditional food.
Sacrifice is also part of the tradition – in some countries, Muslim families buy, keep and slaughter their own animal, anyone the UK wishing to sacrifice an animal has to do so humanely. Islamic rules also state that the animal must be an adult and in good health.
The Qurbani (sacrificial) meat is then divided into three equal parts – one for the household, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor – a meal will then be prepared with this sacrifice. The meat can go to anyone, even if they’re not Muslim themselves.
Aside from curries and traditional dishes, cakes, biscuits and desserts such as Turkish baklava and Indian rice pudding will also feature in the indulgent feast.
How to perform Eid al-Adha prayer
Eid is a unique occasion and one of the things which makes it so is the Eid al-Adha congregational prayer on the morning of the opening day.
A priest or Imam will be present, and as a guideline, worshippers should follow the Imam in prayer and mark his actions accordingly.
How to celebrate Eid 2017
If you are looking for ideas on how to celebrate Eid 2017, we’ve put together a handy guide for getting involved in events across the UK to mark the annual Muslim festival.