Eid Al Adha feast
When is Eid al-Adha celebrated?
Eid al-Adha is the end of the Hajj, which is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and is celebrated by Muslims all across the globe. It’s referred as the Festival of Sacrifice.
What does the day commemorates?
The event honors the trial and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. One of the main trials was to kill his only Son on the command of Allah. After hearing which he got ready to do as per the almighty’s will. When he was just about to complete the action, Allah revealed that the sacrifice has already been given. He showed that love for almighty was above everything for Abraham and he can lay down his life and life of his loved ones, if god orders the same.
What is about the sacrificing of animal on this day?
When celebrating Eid al-Adha, Muslims honor and remember the trials of Abraham and his love for God and thus slaughter an animal like camel, sheep or goat. The meat obtained from this sacrifice is distributed to others and only one-third of the portion is kept by the family. The sacrifice denotes the willingness of people to give away things that are close to heart to follow the commands of Allah. Also, it signifies helping the needy and sharing with those who are in need.
Feast on the day of Eid al-Adha in Egypt
Like any other celebration in Egypt, Eid al- Adha too is marked with a special meal, which is all about the meat. On this day, Egyptians eat meat for breakfast in the form of meat cubes or stir-fried liver. The same is accompanied by Fatta, which is rice toasted with tomato sauce and bread chips.
In lunch and dinner too the meat is eaten in some variations. In case missed for breakfast, then meat cubes and Fatta are eaten obligatory for lunch. Other Egyptian dishes which can accompany the main ones are Ro’a’ which is crispy dough, looks like pie and is filled with minced meat and another is the famous lamb cutlets.
Eid feast among Emiratis
Eid is all about family gatherings and eating the delicacies cooked for celebrating this special event. The other foods usually cooked on this day are thareed or margooga, which is strew poured over shredded flat bread. ‘arsia is another dish in which goat or lamb is cooked with rice in a special vessel and turns into a mush, this is served with clarified butter, stew and tamarind sauce. Another dish is the local styled biryani and there is also Mashwi, which is an important part of the Eid food for Emiratis. Eid visiting is done to give greetings to family and friends, and for Emiratis they serve guests local coffee, tea, and a large types of sweets like sesame candy, chocolates, date candies, fresh fruit, and more.
Significance of celebrating this Festival of Sacrifice
Socialization is an important thing for every society to promote mutual understanding and harmony between all. A healthy and sound social life can be obtained if people learn to live in a cohesive bond together. The gatherings on this day of festival are an effective way of materializing these emotions. Eid al-Adha is a festival that helps in experiencing the color of harmony and sanctity among people, while conveying the right message to all. One of the best things associated with this event is that on this day families and friends come together who may have never got time during the entire year of following this act.
Eid al-Adha in 2014
In the year 2014, Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on the 4th of October, which is a Saturday.
Putting the feasting, celebration part apart, the priority falls into place on this day, which is the reunion of families and loved ones. People wear new clothes and it’s no less than a merry making for kids in the family too. The rituals and ways of celebrating this day may differ from one country to another, but the motive remains the same. The activities and celebration on Eid aims at bringing Muslims together and encouraging them to help the poor, by making sure that no family is left without meat, at least on this festive day.
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