Eid al Adha 2020 date: When is Eid al Adha?

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Eid al Adha 2020 date: When is Eid al Adha?

Muslims across the UK will be looking forward to be able to celebrate a special holiday outside of lockdown regulations. Earlier this year families

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Muslims across the UK will be looking forward to be able to celebrate a special holiday outside of lockdown regulations. Earlier this year families celebrating Eid al Fitr and Ramadan had to make significant changes to their plans, as gatherings were banned and meeting others outside of your household was not permitted.

With an estimated 2.8 million Muslims living in the UK, many people across the country are expected to take part in the upcoming celebrations.

This celebration is also the basis of the famous Hajj pilgrimage – where Muslims travel to the holy site of Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islam.

However, this year the Hajj pilgrimage has been significantly scaled back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia has said it will allow only about 1,000 pilgrims residing in the kingdom to perform the Hajj this year.

Other followers of the faith believed Ibrahim had been possessed by the devil and tried to tell him not to kill his son.

As he was about to go through with the sacrifice, God replaced his son with a goat, which was sacrificed in his place.

The significance of this incident is now carried as a ritual of the religion and is celebrated every year, where Muslims continue the sacrifice and spend the day with feasting with their loved ones.

Those familiar with Christianity will notice parallels between this story and that of Abraham and his son Isaac found in the bible, called the ‘binding of Isaac’.

When is Eid al Adha?

In the Islamic calendar, celebrations for Eid al Adha begin on the 10th day of the 12th and final month.

The Islamic calendar is different to the Gregorian calendar and is not organised in the same way as many of us know it.

Due to Islam traditionally using the lunar calendar the date does shift and it’s not officially on until there’s a clear enough sky showing the crescent of a new moon.

This year Eid al Adha will begin in the UK on the evening of Thursday, July 30, and come to an end on the evening of Monday, August 3.

Eid al Adha is celebrated by coming together with family and friends to eat and celebrate.

Although celebrations this year may be dampened or modified due to COVID-19 restrictions, places of worship are now open for individual prayer.

It is mandatory for Muslims to take part in Eid prayer, which may take place at home or at a mosque.



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