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Feast of the Sacrifice
Observed by Muslim world
Significance Commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his young, first-born, and only son in obedience of a command from God
Marks the end of the annual Hajj to Mecca
Celebrations Gatherings of family and friends, meals (especially lunches and late breakfasts), wearing new clothes, giving gifts
Observances Eid prayers, sacrificing usually a sheep, cow, goat, buffalo or camel, giving away about one-third of the meat to friends and neighbors, and donating one-third or more of it to the poor and needy
Begins 10 Dhu al-Hijjah
Ends 13 Dhu al-Hijjah
2013 date 15 October
Related to Hajj, Umrah, Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ʿīd al-aḍḥā [ʕiːd ælˈʔɑdˤħæ] "festival of the sacrifice"), also called Feast of the Sacrifice, the Major Festival, the Greater Eid, Kurban Bayram (Turkish: Kurban Bayramı; Bosnian: kurban-bajram), or Eid e Qurban (Persian: عید قربان), is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honours the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ishmael (Ismail])a as an act of submission to God's command and his son's acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead. In the lunar based Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. In the international Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
Eid al-Adha is the latter of the two Eid holidays, the former being Eid al-Fitr. The basis for the Eid al-Adha comes from the 196th ayah (verse) of Al-Baqara, the second sura of the Quran. The word "Eid" appears once in Al-Ma'ida, the fifth sura of the Quran, with the meaning "solemn festival".