Although only the pilgrims in Makkah can participate in the Hajj
fully, all the other Muslims in the world join with them by
celebrating the Eid ul Adha [eed ul ud-ha], or Festival of
Sacrifice. On the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah, Muslims around the world wear
their nicest clothing and attend a special prayer gathering in the
morning. This is followed by a short sermon, after which everyone
stands up to hug and greet one another. The traditional Eid greeting
is "Eid Mubarak," which means "Holiday
Blessings." Next, people visit each other's homes and partake
in festive meals with special dishes, beverages, and desserts.
Children receive gifts and sweets on this joyous occasion.
like the pilgrims in Makkah, those Muslims who can afford to do so
offer domestic animals, usually sheep, as a symbol of Abraham's
sacrifice. The meat is distributed for consumption to family,
friends, and to the poor and needy.
ul-Adha is a major religious event in the lives of Muslims. Usually,
communities celebrate this occasion over a period of several days.