Eid al-Adha in Canada ― Date, History, and Details
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History of Eid al-Adha in Canada and How to Celebrate/ Observe It
Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is an important holiday in the Islamic faith celebrated by Muslims around the world. Muslims in Canada have been celebrating Eid al-Adha since the late 19th century when the first wave of Muslim immigrants arrived from Lebanon and Syria. Today, Canadian Muslims celebrate this festival with family gatherings, special prayer services, and feasts.
Eid al-Adha is commemorated to mark the end of the annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca which occurs during the last month of the Islamic calendar. On this day, Muslims around the world will offer a sacrifice in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to follow God’s commandment. In Canada, many Muslims will gather at mosques and community centers to perform the Eid prayer. After the prayer, families will exchange gifts, visit friends and relatives, and share a meal together.
To observe Eid al-Adha in Canada, Muslims can attend mosque services and special events hosted by their local Islamic Center. They can also participate in activities such as baking traditional desserts and preparing meals for family and friends. Furthermore, they can donate to charities that support those in need, both locally and abroad. By doing so, they are following the spirit of the holiday, which is to remember and appreciate the blessings God has bestowed upon us.