Eid al-Adha al-Mubarak

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Calligraphic fragment dated to 1729–30 displaying blessings for Eid al-Adha in Arabic

Eid al-Adha (‘Feast of the Sacrifice’,  also called Eid Qurban(Persian:‎) or Bakra-Eid (Urdu‎) the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God’s command. But, before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, an animal, usually a sheep, is sacrificed ritually. One third of its meat is consumed by the family offering the sacrifice, while the rest is distributed to the poor and needy. Sweets and gifts are given, and extended family are typically visited and welcomed.

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