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 Since Eid is around the corner I’m dedicating this article to the festival.

Inas Abdulrazzaq
Inas Abdulrazzaq

The word 'Eid' means 'feast' or 'festival'. Each year Muslims celebrate both Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha - but the names often get shortened to just 'Eid', which is why it can be confusing.

Eid Al-Fitr - which means 'festival of the breaking of the fast - is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, month when many Muslims fast. Eid Al-Adha - which means 'feast of the sacrifice' - is celebrated just over two months later, at the same time as when many Muslims perform the Hajj. Every year, approximately 3 million Muslims travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.

Eid Al-Adha coincides with the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and is generally considered the holier of the two. Hajj is a once-in-a-lifetime activity that is a duty for those who can afford it, and who haven't already performed it.

Eid Al Adha is a celebration to honour the Prophet Abraham's willingness to listen to what Allah had asked him to do, which was to kill his own son. Abraham was willing to do that as he had so much faith in God and as he was about to do so angel Gabriel sent down a lamb and told him to kill it instead and eat it with his family. This proved Abraham’s faith and trust in God so during Eid Al Adha Muslims slaughter a lamb in remembrance and if can’t do so, like in western countries, you send money to the Middle East so someone can do it for you.

During Eid people go to the mosque (Islamic church) and pray and go and have a meal with their family and spend time with each other, basically like Christmas. Those who live in Newry or Northern Ireland generally don’t have family living here so we go out with friends and family to a park or ice skating and have a meal together.

Both Eids and Ramadan dates change every year because the Islamic calendar is lunar, meaning each month begins with the new astronomical moon. As lunar months are shorter than solar, the Islamic calendar does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar which is followed in the west and means Ramadan and Eid occurs around 11 days earlier each year. This years Eid is on the 19th of July.

Since there is nothing going on here for it in Newry and we don’t have other family over here we’ve decided to go to Let’s Go Hydro in Carryduff and have dinner with friends. Eid use to be really boring when we first moved to Newry but now we’ve found ways to make it work.

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