Eid al-Adha – also known as Eid ul Adha, Greater Eid, Bakra Eid or Qurbani Eid – is here with prayers and festivities in Birmingham, across the UK and around the world
Eid Mubarak! The second Eid in the Islamic calendar is here, meaning prayers and festivities for families in Birmingham, across the UK and around the world.
Eid al-Adha – ‘festival of the sacrifice’ – is also known as Eid ul Adha, Greater Eid, Bakra Eid, Qurbani Eid and other names, depending on location and tradition.
In 2020, it will be on Friday, July 31, and will be a very different Eid from previous years.
But there will be more going on than for the earlier Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan. That was in the middle of lockdown when mosques and parks were completely closed, restricting prayers, meals and festivities to people’s own homes.
The reopening of places of worship means that there can be congregational prayers for Eid al-Adha, though with social distancing measures in place.
We’ll bring you all the latest news and updates for Eid al-Adha 2020 in Birmingham and around the world.
For details about Eid greetings and wishes, what they mean and how to reply, read more here
Eid al-Adha 2020 is widely agreed to be on Friday, July 31 and that is when mosques are holding prayers.
However, Islamic dates technically run from sunset to sunset so Eid actually began tonight, as the sun went down on Thursday, July 30.
And it isn’t over in one day. For details about Eid dates, how they are decided and how long the festivities go on, read more here.
A man brings his cattle to a livestock market in Boyolali, Indonesia, ahead of Eid al-Adha – which translates as ‘festival of the sacrifice.’
During the religious festival, Muslims worldwide commemorate the Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son as a sign of his obedience to God.
Ibrahim was given a ram to slaughter instead and during Eid al-Adha the event is honoured by eating a sacrificed animal, generally a goat, sheep or cow. The meat is split three ways – between family; friends and relatives; and the poor and needy.
Eid al-Adha is also known as Salty Eid because there are far more savoury dishes than the earlier Eid al-Fitr, which in contrast is nicknamed Sweet Eid because of its large variety of sugary treats.
Popular dishes during Eid al-Adha are said to include kebab, haleem (a stew) and biryani, usually followed by sweet desserts.
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Boris Johnson thanked people for their “heroic efforts” as lockdown restrictions have already had a huge impact on Ramadan, the Hajj and Eid al-Fitr.
He said people had saved lives through social distancing, giving generously to others and looking after the vulnerable.
And he went on to urge people to “keep up the excellent work” for Eid al-Adha.
Mr Johnson also thanked key workers from the Muslim community for their role on the frontline during the pandemic.
A new kiswa, or covering, is placed atop Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, in Mecca on July 29, 2020.
The gold-stitched black covering is changed each year during the Hajj pilgrimage ahead of the Eid al-Adha celebrations.
This year’s Hajj was dramatically scaled down from 2.5 million pilgrims to as few as 1,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eid al-Adha comes at the end of the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that all able-bodied Muslims must perform at least once in their lifetime.
But the Hajj has been very different this year, because of coronavirus restrictions. Only 1,000 people have been allowed to attend – and no one from outside Saudi Arabia could fly in to take part.
The reopening of mosques at the start of July means congregational prayers are allowed for Eid al-Adha – but with strict social distancing in place. That means no hugs or handshakes, and worshippers have to bring their own prayer mats and face coverings.
A worker wearing protective clothing and spraying disinfectant is a stark reminder of how Eid al-Adha festivities will be different this year, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On the eve of the Islamic festival, the municipality worker was pictured disinfecting walkways in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul.
The major Muslim holiday, at the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, is observed around the world by believers and commemorates the devotion shown to Allah (God) by the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) as he prepared to sacrifice even his own son as an act of obedience.
He was given a ram to kill instead and, in acknowledgement of that, the slaughter of a domestic animal is a central part of this religious festival.
These ‘Eid in the Park’ events have become an annual tradition, both for Eid al-Fitr and for Eid al-Adha.
The prayers and festivities in Small Heath Park, Birmingham, are now the biggest Eid events in Europe.
For Eid al-Fitr, worshippers had to stay in their own homes as mosques and parks were all completely closed.
Mosques have now reopened – with strict health and safety rules to control Covid-19 – so there can be congregational (but socially distant) prayers for Eid al-Adha. How will you be celebrating this year?
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