The Weekly Shot: Eid al-Adha Around the World

12 August 2019, 11:48 AM
The Weekly Shot: Eid al-Adha Around the World

Pictured: An Eid al-Adha celebration in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by 世書 名付 via Wikicommons.

The first Eid, or day of celebration for Muslims around the world, is Eid al-Fitr, which marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan last June. The second significant religious festival of Islam, Eid al-Adha, takes place on Saturday, August 10 this year. Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, commemorates the story of the prophet Ibrahim (known as the story of Abraham in other Abrahamic traditions) and Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his own son in order to demonstrate his dedication to God. The holy day is traditionally celebrated by sacrificing animals and sharing the meat with the poor and needy.

URI's grassroots peacebuilding groups, called Cooperation Circles, are formed by members of at least three different religions, spiritual expressions, or Indigenous traditions. Learning about each other's holidays is one way to build bridges and show mutual respect. See more ways URI members are working towards interfaith understanding and dialogue.