Just as Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan; Eid Al Adha marks the end of achieving the fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj “pilgrimage”. It is known as one of the holiest celebrations on the Islamic calendar.
On the other hand, we should note that Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage, performed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and lasts for three to four days. Allah recommends all Muslims to make this journey at least once in their lifetime.
Why Do Muslims Celebrate Eid Al Adha
Eid Al Adha is literally translated to English as “Feast of Sacrifice”. Muslims celebrate this day as a reminder of the time in which Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son by orders of Allah; Allah wanted to test Ibrahim’s loyalty, and see if he was steadfast in his religion and would have done what He ordered him. Ibrahim was loyal, and when he was just about to sacrifice his son, Allah sent a sheep to be sacrificed instead of his son. Thus, Eid Al Adha actually symbolizes Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah, and Muslims around the world sacrifice in commemoration for this day.
Muslims start out the first day of Eid Al Adha with a morning prayer, and then start to slaughter their Udhiyahs, the sacrificed animals they already chose according to special criteria such as age and other specific characteristics. Animals of Udhiyah should be one of the following: camels, cattle, sheep and goats, noting that any sacrificed animal that does not belong to one of these categories is not considered as Udhiyah.
Udhiyah can be sacrificed on the Day of Sacrifice or during the three following “Tashreeq” days. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
Traditions & Practices
Muslims of all ages men, women, and children like to be in their finest clothing, and prepare to visit the family and relatives to congratulate each other and catch up with them.
Eidia is also a main element in Eids. It is a simple sum of money presented to women and children by their parents or relatives. It is a good habit that spreads joy and strengthens solidarity and social synergy among the community.
Women in the UAE and in the Muslim society enjoy preparing for Eid early, they clean up their homes, and do shopping about a month before, in order to purchase everything they need to prepare delicious Emirati dishes.
Emirati women also used to gather to sews Eid clothes, and prepare “Hennah” before to design on their hands and bodies. It worth noting that Emirati women are renowned of giving special attention to perfumes ,as they are keen to wear perfumes and scenting their hair- which is often braided- with special kinds that are often hand-made.
The UAE is also keen to spread joy and happiness in these celebrations, and this is shown in a number of initiatives the country does, such as the fireworks that light up the sky during such events, decorating the streets with lights and signs that congratulate people, and facilitating every attraction or place guests or residents like to visit.
General Tourist Destination Guide For a Perfect Holiday
Tourists and residents in the UAE are actually in front of a great number of unlimited attractions that satisfies every taste.
Tradition and heritage-ahollics, for example, can spend their holiday in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah or Ras Al Khaimah, where they can see forts and castles, whereas those who want to meet religious and Islamic places, can perform Eid Prayers at Al Jame’ Al Kabeer (Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque), that adds a special touch of tranquility and safety to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Visitors then can visit Sharjah, the gorgeous city that has always captivated visitors to its outstanding Islamic character, in addition to the events that are held there and entertainment facilities.
As for the Emirate of magic and beauty, Dubai, it hosts visitors with its own distinctive atmosphere that immediately spreads cheer and happiness among everyone.