Eid al-Adha in Eritrea ― Date, History, and Details

Eid al-Adha in Eritrea

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History of Eid al-Adha in Eritrea and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Eid al-Adha is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God. It is also known as the “Festival of the Sacrifice”.

Eid al-Adha is observed annually on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah of the Islamic calendar. The day of Eid falls on the first day of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

In Eritrea, Eid al-Adha is celebrated with special prayers, sermons and feasts. Families slaughter a sheep or goat and share the meat with extended family, friends and the poor.

The holiday lasts for four days, during which time people visit relatives and friends, exchange gifts and enjoy special meals. On the last day of Eid, many Eritreans attend a large public celebration in Asmara, the capital city.