How long is Eid al Adha?

Two hands exchange plates of food

It’s customary to celebrate Eid al-Adha with feasts of mutton or beef (Image: Getty)

Muslims across the UK and around the world begin celebrating Eid al-Adha today and it is one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar.

Eid al-Adha – the “Feast of Sacrifice” – is a time when loved ones come to share gifts and celebrate festivals together.

It is also the time of year when many Muslims undertake a five-day pilgrimage to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia called Hajj, which is expected of Muslims at least once in their lifetime.

Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and final month in the Islamic calendar.

But how long does it last?

How long is Eid al Adha?

An overhead shot of Indonesian Muslims praying at Aqoba Mosque in Surabaya, East Java on July 20, 2021.

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid today (Image: Anadolu Agency/Getty)

Eid al-Adha lasts four days from today, July 9th.

As Eid al-Fitr, the date of Eid al-Adha depends on the Islamic lunar calendar and the sighting of the crescent moon.

It is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhū al-Hijjah, the twelfth and last month of the Islamic calendar.

It falls on the tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, with its date advancing by about 11 days each year in the Gregorian calendar.

According to Saudi Arabia, which many Muslims around the world are awaiting for the official crescent moon sighting, Dhul-Hijjah began on June 30 after the moon was sighted on June 29.

This means that Eid begins today (July 9) and ends on July 13.

How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?

A group of children looks on as they celebrate on the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha at the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City July 20, 2021.

Children look on as they celebrate on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Jerusalem’s Old City (Image: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Eid al-Adha commemorates the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim, and Muslims usually celebrate the festival by performing a Qurbani, which means “sacrifice” in Arabic.

The sacrificed animal – usually a sheep, a goat, a cow or a camel – is cut into three parts.

Traditionally, a Muslim would give part of the animal to the poor or vulnerable, while the other two parts are for family and neighbors.

On the morning of Eid al-Adha, in honor of the festival, a special prayer called Salat al-Eid is recited before the festival Dhuhr prayer at noon.

Traditionally for Eid, Muslims dress in their finest clothes, share gifts and enjoy meals with loved ones.

To wish someone a Happy Eid, you can say “Eid Mubarak”, which translates to “Blessed Eid”.

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