Eid al-Adha recalls the story of how God commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as a test of faith.
The story, as narrated in the Quran, describes Satan’s attempt to tempt Ibrahim so he would disobey God’s command.
Ibrahim, however, remains unmoved and informs Ismail, who is willing to be sacrificed.
But, just as Ibrahim attempts to kill his son, God intervenes and a ram is sacrificed in place of Ismail.
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It is hosted by the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Western Cape, the African Population and Health Research Centre and the Nigerian Academy of Science.Other cultural festival is basant which is celebrated very enthusiastically in Punjab. People make arrangements in grounds and on their rooftops to fly kites.On this day sky is full of bright and colorful kites. In Turkey and in places that were once part of the Ottoman-Turkish empire such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Azerbaijan and the Caucasus, it is also known as the, “Lesser Bayram” or “festival” in Turkish.The other festival, Eid al-Adha, is the “feast of the sacrifice.” It comes at the end of the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage by millions of Muslims to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is obligatory once in a lifetime, but only for those with means.One of the most prominent festival is Eid-ul-Fitr that is immediately occurs after the month of Ramadan.The other name of Eid-ul-fitr is “sweet eid”, as on this occasion all the people prepare many delicious deserts like “halwa”, “Kheer”, and “sheer khurma” and people happily enjoy these delicious foods after fasting of 30 days.Eid literally means a “festival” or “feast” in Arabic.There are two major eids in the Islamic calendar per year – Eid al-Fitr earlier in the year and Eid al-Adha later.Schools, offices and businesses are closed so family, friends and neighbors can enjoy the celebrations together. Special food is prepared and friends and family are invited over to celebrate.In places like Jordan, with its Muslim majority population, the days before Eid al-Fitr can see a rush at local malls and special “Ramadan markets” as people prepare to exchange gifts on Eid al-Fitr.