All around the world, Muslims get a day off to mark the end of one whole month of fasting, but do you know what we do on that special day?
First of all,l et’s start with the basics. Eid-al-Adha translates to ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’ and is the second of the two Islamic festivals. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim, who was ready to sacrifice his own son under God’s command (Allah). This is when we sacrifice an animal and divide it into 3 parts: one for the poor and needy, one for our family and one portion for our dearest friends.
It is also known as ‘The Big Eid’ because this is when we celebrate the end of fasting in the sweltering heat for 30 days! It is also known as this because Eid-al-Adha is the most fun one out of the two! Yes, we eat some absolutely delicious delicacies and dress in stunning clothes to go out and have a bit of fun after working so hard. Waking up at 3am every day and seeing your friends stuff their faces with burgers and cake really doesn’t help. Here are some other moments when Muslims need true dedication to fast:
1. Speed eating before dawn, so that we don’t feel too hungry throughout the day.
2.Going a whole morning without coffee. (I personally don’t like coffee, but you should really see what my aunt’s like!)
3. Forgetting the fact that you are fasting and having to spit out whatever you’ve chewed up ASAP!
4. The final countdown. Oh, those minutes until you can finally eat!
5. Eating so much you feel like you’re going to explode.
6. Doing it all again…
But in the end, it’s totally worth it. There is really nothing better than doing something to help you get stronger in your faith and religion. It’s quite similar to Lent, actually! So, what do you think?