Eid al-Adha is known as the “great” Eid, but Muslims celebrate two Eids each year.
Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the last month of the Islamic month and commemorates the world’s largest rally, the annual Mecca pilgrimage.
According to the tradition set by the Prophet Muhammad, Eid al-Adha begins with an early morning prayer. There, Muslims gather in a large space to participate in the prayers of the congregation. It reflects the scene of Mecca where pilgrims gather in prayer around the Kaaba.
People around the world who can afford to do so are advised to wear new or clean clothing to reflect the nature of the celebration of the Holy Day. But one of the most important elements of Eid al-Adha, the celebration of sacrifice, is the sacrifice of the lamb.
The sacrificial slaughter goes back to the Koran story about the Prophet Ibrahim, who was asked by God to sacrifice his son Ismail as a test of faith before it was stopped in the last second.
Today, meat is used as part of a feast to celebrate celebrations, and the rest of the meat is distributed to people in need around the world.
Some donate this meat to their neighbors and members of the local community, but the benefits of today’s technology mean that Muslims can pay charities to reach other parts of the world.
The “less” pilgrimage, Umrah, is voluntary and can be done at any time of the year, while the Mecca pilgrimage is an annual pilgrimage set at a specific time of the year.
Hajj practice is mandatory for all Muslims who can do it economically and physically at least once in their lifetime.
Prior to the pandemic, more than 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world visited the two most sacred sites of Islamic Mecca and Medina for a week-long pilgrimage.
According to official data, the annual Mecca and year-round Umrah pilgrimages bring about $ 12 billion annually to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
However, this year’s new controversial centralized Saudi Arabian system means abolishing travel agencies as intermediaries in the booking process, and Kingdom authorities are set to benefit even more economically. increase.