Eid al-Adha (Islam)

Eid al-Adha (Islam): September 11th, 2016

Description:

In an effort to create more awareness about world faiths and philosophies, the Office of Internal Affairs and International Initiatives would like to notify campus community members about dates of significance within several world religions.  This message relates to Eid al-Adha which is observed September 11th this year.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated at the end of Hajj (an annual pilgrimage to Mecca) and lasts for three days.  During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham’s trials.  In some traditional Muslim countries families will slaughter an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat as a sacrifice; however, in most countries Muslims purchase a carcass from a butcher or buy generous portions of meat for a communal meal on Eid al-Adha.  During Eid al-Adha many Muslims will also make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque, wear new clothes, and visit family members and friends.  People also give money to enable poorer members of their local community and around the world to eat a meat-based meal.

*This information was drawn directly from a variety of sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/islam/eid_haj.shtml

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/eid-al-adha

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/26/world/eid-5-things/

 

Prairie View A&M University acknowledges and embraces the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff. Due to the great number and diversity of viewpoints, this resource is not able to provide an exhaustive list of significant dates for all faith and philosophical traditions. Likewise, the practice of special dates may differ based on region, denomination or generational differences.