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Eid Al-Adha: Date, Importance, History And Significance Of Bakrid

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From that day onwards, followers of Islam celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing male goats, which are typically divided into three separate portions.

According to Wael Hamadeh, an imam at the Islamic Community Centre of Ontario, thousands of years ago God or "Allah" commanded Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail.

Muslims believe that as Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped his hand and gave him a sheep or ram in place of his son.

Afghan men greet each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers in Jalalabad on September 1, 2017.

The festival is in honour of Abraham, who was willing to sacrifice his son for God, which is why Eid-ul Adha is also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice". The first Eid, Eid al-Fitr, occurred in June and is a celebration after Ramadan, the month of fasting.

This year, Eid al-Adha begins on the evening of Sunday August 11 and ends on the evening of Thursday August 15. It is believed that during a lifetime, we give up a number of things that are important to us for a bigger goal and in a similar way the sacrificing the animals is a symbol of willingness to sacrifice to stay true on our path and not be lured by earthly love and affection.

Also, many people chose to travel to their hometowns or coastal cities for vacations.

Because the timing of the festival depends on the sighting of the new moon, countries around the world sometimes celebrate it on different days, though most follow Saudi Arabia's lead as it is the host of the Hajj.

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