Thursday, October 25, 2012
26th October Eid ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice)
Eid ul-Adha is a Muslim festival celebrated every year on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja on the lunar Islamic calendar. By western reckoning that is from sunset October 25th to sunset on October 26th in 2012. It is a time of feasting and family get togethers, gift giving and special prayers to commemorate Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son to prove his obedience to Allah.
It is also timed to coincide with the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia which all Muslims are required to perform at least once in their lifetime. If not going to Mecca, families don their finest clothes, visit their mosque and enjoy community dinners.
To celebrate with your class read Going to Mecca by Na'ima B. Robert and say "Eid Murbarak!" to wish Muslims holiday blessings.