Start of four-day Muslim festival of sacrifice.
Eid-ul-Adha is the second Eid festival of the calendar year
This festival commemorates the willingness of Abraham to obey God by sacrificing his beloved son Ishmael – in the end God gave Abraham a sheep to sacrifice instead. As they celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, Muslims remind themselves of their own obedience to God and willingness to sacrifice anything to His wishes.
- Sacrificing a sheep or a goat and sharing the meat with family, friends and the poor
- Prayers at the mosque, thanking God for blessings received over the year
- Visiting family and friends, sharing food and offering presents
- Giving money to charity.
Eid-ul-Adha immediately follows the period of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able.
In this video clip from the BBC a UK Muslim girl talks about how her family marks Eid-ul-Adha.
TES online has free teaching resources on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha
The Independent has a photo gallery of Eid-ul-Adha being celebrated across the world.
Guardian photo gallery of Eid-ul-Adha celebrations from 2013.
Find out more about Eid-ul-Adha from the following websites:
- BBC Schools – Religion – Islam: Eid-Ul-Adha
- BBC – Religions – Islam: Eid-Ul-Adha
- Wikipedia – Eid Al-Adha
- Wikipedia – Hajj
See also the following publications for schools, available from RE Today:
There is a secondary level assembly script and film clip about Eid-Ul-Adha on the TrueTube website.