Eid al-Adha is being celebrated from sunset on July 19th to sunset on July 20th. Our team want to wish a ‘Happy Eid!’ to all of our community and use this opportunity as a chance to spotlight the festivities. In our multi-cultural world, it is more important than ever to be inclusive of all religions and ceremonies. Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Doctor A Cosmetics, and this is why we want to help you understand more about Eid al-Adha ahead of its celebrations.
What is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha is known as the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’ and is the second of two official Islamic holidays, which also includes Eid al-Fitr. The festivities celebrate Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah’s command. Allah intervened before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, satisfied at his act of obedience. Instead, Allah gave Ibrahim a lamb to sacrifice.
This story comes from the Torah, the first book of Moses, and is known as the ‘Akedah’ in Judaism. It appears in sur 37, āyāt 100–11 of the Quran.
As part of Eid-a-Adha, animals are ritually sacrificed to commemorate this intervention by Allah. During the celebrations, one-third of the meat is eaten by the family who has offered the sacrifice. The rest of the remaining meat is given to the poor and needy.
How do Muslims celebrate Edi-al-Adha?
Traditionally, sweets and gifts are given to friends and family to celebrate Edi-al-Adha. Just like other religious holidays, friends and family will visit each other to mark the occasion.
Sharing meat between family, friends, and the poor is intended to make sure that every Muslim gets to eat meat during the festival. It’s meant to represent equality, kindness, and devotion. As the sacrifice is meant to represent sacrificing something that you love for Eid al-Adha, things other than animals can be given. Donating money or volunteering for community groups are other ways of marking Edi-al-Adha.
Muslims attend prayers for Eid al-Adha at their mosque. These prayers start after the sun has fully risen to the entering of Zuhr prayer, one of the five mandatory salahs. Eid prayers are celebrated in a congregation, sometimes including women. A sermon is also offered at the end of prayers, with muslins greeting each other with “Eid Mubarak”, meaning blessed feast.
Most people choose to celebrate by inviting their friends and extended family to celebrate the Eid festivities with them. Non-Muslims are often invited to find out more about the culture and its celebrations.
The date of Eid-al-Adha changes every year under the international calendar, usually falling 11 days earlier year-on-year.
About Doctor A Cosmetics
Doctor A Cosmetics is a skincare brand on a mission to change the world. As an eco-friendly skincare brand, our social conscious drives everything we do, from encouraging diversity within the beauty industry to supporting social campaigns through our charity partners. As part of our social inclusion, we believe it is important to reach out to communities across society.
Happy Eid from everyone at Doctor A Cosmetics!