The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has announced that the nation would observe Eid Al-Adha on June 28 this year.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, Dhul-Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, will begin on June 19; as a result, Eid Al-Adha will fall on the 28th.
Muslims all across the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha by sacrificing cattle as a tribute to Allah. It is one of the holiest and most important events on the Islamic Hijri calendar.
Since the Islamic calendar is based on the moon cycle, Muslims wait for updates from their local ministries or moon sighting committees to learn when the feast will be.
In addition to the feast, Muslims take the opportunity to visit and reconnect with their families as well as to buy gifts and exchange food with each other.
Similar to Eid Al-Fitr, which signifies the end of Ramadan every year, this occasion is commemorated with a prayer and sermon in the early morning at nearby mosques, following which worshipers are permitted to slay their sacrifice cattle, typically a sheep.
The Quran describes a test that God put Abraham through, ordering the prophet to sacrifice his son Ismael. This is where the legend originates. God provided a lamb from heaven to be sacrificed in Ismael’s place just as he was about to carry out the test.