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Each year, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha. This event is also named “Sacrifice Feast." This is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. What time or date is this special event? There is the difference from Islamic calendar and Gregorian calendar about the time of this annual moment. Why can it be different?
On the Islamic calendar, Sacrifice Feast will be celebrated on Dhul-Hijjah. Dhul-Hijjah is a month on Islamic calendar after Dhul-Qa’dah. It means that the celebration of Sacrifice Feast is after Eid El-Fitr. Precisely, Sacrifice Feast starts on 10th of Dhul-Hijjah. The traditions of sacrificing animals can be done until the sunset on the 13th of Dhul-Hijjah. This celebration happens right away after 9th of Dhul-Hijjah, the Day of Arafah. Because of that, many Muslims who go to pilgrimage will celebrate Sacrifice Feast in Mina, Saudi Arabia. In Mina, there will be thousands of animals to be slaughtered for sacrifice.
Gregorian calendar is different from Islamic calendar. It is a solar calendar while Islamic calendar is the lunar one. Gregorian calendar is just about 11 days longer than Islamic calendar. Like other Islamic holidays in the Gregorian calendar, Sacrifice Feast will fall approximately on different days in different parts around the world. This is because the edge of crescent visibility is various from the International Date Line. In several countries, the start of the month in Islamic calendar can be different depending on the new moon observation by the local religious authority. This makes the precise day of the celebration different based on the locality. Now, you know what time or date of Eid Al Adha and why it can be different in some countries.
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