All across the world, Muslim families and communities will come together to pray, feast, exchange gifts and celebrate with loved ones.
The festival is known as ‘Big Eid’ or ‘Greater Eid’, as it’s considered the holier of the two Eids each year (the first being Eid al-Fitr).
Eid al-Adha coincides with Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which each able-bodied Muslim expected to make at least once in their lifetime.
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with Shahadah (belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as prophet), Salat (prayer), Zakat (charity) and Sawm (fasting).
How do you wish someone happy Eid?
The most common way to wish someone in the UK is to say ‘Eid Mubarak’, which literally translates to ‘Have a blessed Eid’.
But the wishes change depending where you are.
Here are some of the variations in language:
Have a blessed Eid: Eid Mubarak (عيد مبارك)
May Allah accept your and our right doings: Taqabalallahu minna wa minkum (تقبل الله مناومنكم)
Happy Eid: Eid Saeed (عيد سعيد)
Happy Eid: Bajram Šerif mubarek olsun
Happy Eid: Ramazan Bayramı or Bayramınız Kutlu Olsun
4. Zazaki (eastern Turkey):
Happy Eid: Roşanê Şima Bimbarek Bo
Happy celebration day of Eid ul Fitr: Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri
Happy Eid: كل سنة وانتوا طيبين.
Eid Mubarak: 开斋节快乐
8. Pashto (Afghani)
Happy Eid:Akhtar de nekmregha sha
Happy Eid: Gëzuar Bajramin
Happy Eid: Cejna we pîroz be
Happy Festival Day: Selamat Hari Raya
How is Eid celebrated?
The day begins with morning prayers, followed by visits to family and friends and the exchange of food and gifts.
The Eid celebrations are centred on the sacrifice of an animal, known as Qurbani, in honour of the prophet Ibrahim.
In Islamic scripture, Ibrahim obeyed God’s order to sacrifice his own son.
But before he could do so, God provided a male goat to sacrifice instead, sparing his son.
In commemoration of this, the slaughtered animal is divided into three parts: one third is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; and the remaining third is kept by the family.