How is Eid al-Adha celebrated around the world?
The holiest festival on the annual Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha, is just around the corner, and millions of Muslims are getting ready to celebrate with their loved ones across the globe.
Chairman of Sydney’s Parramatta Mosque Neil El-Kadomi said the occasion will be celebrated by diaspora in Australia by attending early morning prayers in large open spaces, with 2000-3000 people expected to attend the prayers at Parramatta Park on Wednesday 22 August, 2018.
“We celebrate Eid al-Adha by visiting each other, giving sweets away, eating, praying, worshiping and bringing our family and friends together to mark the holy occasion,” he said.
Also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice”, Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, a sacred journey to Mecca undertaken by around two million Muslims each year. The Hajj follows the journey of the Prophet Ibrahim, who was asked by God to sacrifice his son Ismail as a test of his faith. As Ibrahim was about to obey God’s command, his son was switched with a ram, which was sacrificed instead. Subsequently, Mr El-Kadomi from Parramatta Mosque said food always plays a big role in celebrating the sacred festival.
“We often eat lamb to celebrate because Ibrahim sacrificed a ram for God,” he said.
“We also eat lots of homemade sweets, or sweets such as Baklava that we buy from Arabic shops, and other traditional foods that have been made on the day.”
According to a 2015 Pew Research Centre estimate, there areover 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, and many in the diaspora will celebrate the occasion with their loved ones abroad, despite the distance.
“We ring them up, and talk to them, send them our love and share our blessings from the occasion,” Mr El-Kadomi explained.