Celebrating Eid al-Adha

eid-ul-adha-2016-300x292BY AMANDA MOSES

On the evening of Monday, September 12 until Tuesday, September 13, Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice.

The holiday commemorates Abraham’s trial to kill his only son under the command of Allah. However, Allah halted the sacrifice because he saw Abraham was unquestionably willing to sacrifice his son for his lord; Allah felt Abraham’s unyielding faith superseded all others.

Traditionally, Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Adha by attending morning prayers at their local mosques, followed by family gatherings where they exchange greetings and gifts. During the celebration, families visit a local farm or religious location where a sheep is sacrificed, and then the meat is cooked and distributed throughout the holiday.

Last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced that New York City Public schools would incorporate two Muslim holidays to the school calendar—Eid al-Fitr and Edi al-Adha. In an effort to honor the diversity within public schools, New York City has become the largest district in the United States to recognize these two Muslim holidays. Mayor de Blasio has explained in press conferences that this incorporation would prevent Muslim families from facing the dilemma of choosing whether to observe the religious holiday or sending their children to school. New York City Public School will be closed in observance of Eid al-Adha on Monday, September 12.