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This very important Muslim holiday is celebrated at the end of Hajj, which is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ is followed by a ‘Feast of Sacrifice’, which pays homage to the prophet Abraham’s unselfish act of sacrificing his son, Ishmael, to God. In turn, God spared the boy’s life and instead substituted a sheep. Now in remembrance, people sacrifice a lamb, goat, or other animal, and give the meat to family, friends, relatives, and most importantly, the poor.
This year the celebration begins on December 31, 2006. This holiday is now celebrated in American cities with prayer, community gatherings, and the tradition of dressing up in special clothes to visit friends and relatives. People hold ‘Eid parties and give presents to their children. This is just one more example of the diverse and rich culture that makes up our great nation.
Source: Muslim Students Association
Additional Learning LinksHajj and Eid ul-Adha
Learn about the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah, through pictures, maps, plans, and a glossary. Visit the special section with notes for teachers or check out the colored maps and related resources.
Reading Level: Hard
Source: Dr. Monzur Ahmed
Read about the sacrificial holiday and the traditions associated with Eid-ul-Adha.
Reading Level: Moderate
Source: John Gilchrist
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