Muslims Around The World Prepare For Eid al-Adha

Published July 17th, 2021 - 09:03 GMT

Eid ul-Adha is another important festival in the Muslim calendar.

Its also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. It celebrates a story about a prophet called Ibrahim (Abraham).

Some Muslims may regard this as the most important festival as it remembers the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when ordered to by Allah. This shows Ibrahim's obedience to God.

Eid al-Adha takes place on the tenth day of the last month of the Muslim calendar.

The Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar — it follows the moon. The months are based on the moon’s phases. That means it’s 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. That's the one you use at school that has 365 days.

So Eid al-Adha is celebrated on a different day every year. This year it begins on July 19th and ends on July 23rd.

Today, with social distancing many of these celebrations may not be possible. Some celebrations could be just with immediate family or might be online.

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A vendor waits for customers at a shopping centre ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Banda Aceh on July 17, 2021. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

A vendor waits for customers at a shopping centre ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Banda Aceh on July 17, 2021. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

A shopkeeper installs a lightbulb outside his shop waiting for customers to shop after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP

A shopkeeper installs a lightbulb outside his shop waiting for customers to shop after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP

People transport cattle ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on July 16, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP

People transport cattle ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on July 16, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP

Sacrificial livestock is being transported on a boat after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP

Sacrificial livestock is being transported on a boat after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP

A man washes a cow for a customer at a car service station ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 14, 2021. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP

A man washes a cow for a customer at a car service station ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 14, 2021. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP

A livestock vendor sits along with camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 13, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP

A livestock vendor sits along with camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 13, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP

A boy sits next to a cow that will be used as a sacrifical animal at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP

A boy sits next to a cow that will be used as a sacrifical animal at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP

A boy holds the front legs of a goat at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP

A boy holds the front legs of a goat at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP

A vendor waits for customers at a shopping centre ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Banda Aceh on July 17, 2021. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A shopkeeper installs a lightbulb outside his shop waiting for customers to shop after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP
People transport cattle ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on July 16, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP
Sacrificial livestock is being transported on a boat after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP
A man washes a cow for a customer at a car service station ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 14, 2021. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP
A livestock vendor sits along with camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 13, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP
A boy sits next to a cow that will be used as a sacrifical animal at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
A boy holds the front legs of a goat at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
A vendor waits for customers at a shopping centre ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Banda Aceh on July 17, 2021. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A vendor waits for customers at a shopping centre ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Banda Aceh on July 17, 2021. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP
A shopkeeper installs a lightbulb outside his shop waiting for customers to shop after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP
A shopkeeper installs a lightbulb outside his shop waiting for customers to shop after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP
People transport cattle ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on July 16, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP
People transport cattle ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on July 16, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP
Sacrificial livestock is being transported on a boat after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP
Sacrificial livestock is being transported on a boat after the government loosened a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Dhaka on July 16, 2021. Munir Uz zaman / AFP
A man washes a cow for a customer at a car service station ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 14, 2021. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP
A man washes a cow for a customer at a car service station ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 14, 2021. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP
A livestock vendor sits along with camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 13, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP
A livestock vendor sits along with camels while waiting for customers at a cattle market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on July 13, 2021. Asif HASSAN / AFP
A boy sits next to a cow that will be used as a sacrifical animal at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
A boy sits next to a cow that will be used as a sacrifical animal at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
A boy holds the front legs of a goat at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
A boy holds the front legs of a goat at a livestock market in Yemen's capital Sanaa on July 14, 2021, as people buy provisions in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday celebrations. Known as the "big" festival, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated each year by Muslims sacrificing various animals according to religious traditions, including cows, camels, goats and sheep. MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP