When is Eid ul Adha 2021?
Start date of Muslim
festival in July –
and how it is
celebrated in India
The month is the most significant one in the Islamic Lunar Calendar, as the final month in the calendar and one which, as the ‘month of the pilgrimage’, includes the Hajj pilgrimage which sees Muslims from across the world journey to Saudi Arabia to worship at Mecca.Here’s what you need to know about Eid ul-Adha this year.
When is Eid ul-Adha?
Eid ul-Adha, meaning the Festival of Sacrifice’, takes place on the day after the Day of Arafah, which marks a final day of fasting before the festivities begin.
This year, the Day of Arafah falls on July 19 with Eid ul-Adha beginning on July 20 according to moon sightings in Saudi Arabia.
Advertisement : The Islamic Lunar Calendar shifts between 10 to 12 days earlier every year,as lunar sightings dictate when the Islamic months, and key events like the Hajj and Eid, take place.Some muslims may celebrate the holiday on July 21 if they are following lunar sightings in different countries,however.
For instance, many in Pakistan, the UK and Morocco will be celebrating Eid from July 21, following the lunar sightings in their own countries which placed the beginning of Dhu-al-Hijjah as on July 12 rather than July 11 as per Saudi Arabia’s observations.
The largest Islamic holiday is held to commemorate and celebrate willingness of Islamic prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son when commanded to by God,Allah.
Eid ul-Adha will last for three days and is held on the third day of the Haj, the fifth pillar of Islam, which this year commences on July 18.
How is it different to Eid
While the summer time Islamic celebration of Eid ul-Adha takes place every year as a Festival of Sacrifice, Eidul-Fitr takes place two months earlier as the celebration of the breaking of the fast’.It marks the three day celebration which comes at the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan, and in 2021 began on May 13 in the UK.
As per the shifting dates of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, the Eid ul-Fitr is heldon the first day of the tenth month,Shawwal, in the Muslim calendar.
The two Eid holidays are celebrated in similar ways, but Eid ul-Fitr is viewed in Islam as the lesser of the two Eids and is often referred to as ‘small Eid’ – with Eid ul-Adha being considered the holiest of the two.
In India, Sid will be celebrated tomorrow i.e. May 4 as the crescent moon was sighted at 6:53 pm in India marking the end of Ramzan. Therefore, id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 14 of the courntry. … Eid marks the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan.