Eid ul-Adha is also called The Feast of the Sacrifice, Kurban Bayram, Eid-e-Qurban, and Bakr Eid, is an important religious festival which is celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety by Muslims worldwide. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid ul-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.
Muslims around the world believe that Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Ibrahim followed God’s order, but his son was replaced by a sheep at the last moment. Thus, Eid-ul-Adha is, according to Islamic teaching, a time for Muslims to learn the value of self-denial by making a sacrifice to God.
National, state and local government offices are closed on this special day. Muslims wear new clothes and attend an open air prayer meeting. They may sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the meat with family members, neighbors and the poor.
The underlying importance of this festival is the spirit of sacrifice in memory of Abraham’s great act of faith many centuries ago.