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Eid explained

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Eid Al-Adha is often known as Greater Eid. It’s an important religious festival for Muslims when they commemorate the willingness of Abraham to obey God and sacrifice his son, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.

Eid Al-Adha is characterised as days of remembrance, eating and celebration. The festival begins with a Sunnah prayer followed by a sermon.

This is a time when Muslims dress up in their finest, pray together, visit one another, give Eidi (gifts) to children and provide food and sometimes money to the less fortunate. Often non-Muslim friends, neighbours and colleagues are invited to join the festivities and to better understand Islam and the Muslim culture.

You can get into the Eid spirit by wishing people ‘Eid Mubarak’ and join in the many celebrations which are open to residents and visitors alike.

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