Afghans will celebrate Eid ul Adha on Oct 25 , 26, 27 and 28 of year 2012.
Eid ul-Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice or Greater Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.
The Muslims celebrate the holiday of Eid al Adha, the festival of sacrifice at the end of the Hajj. Eid al Adha in Afghanistan is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar.
All Muslims are expected to dress in their finest clothing to perform the prayer in any mosque. Muslims, who can manage to pay for, sacrifice their best domestic animals as a symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice. The sacrificed animals are known as ‘qurbani’
From a symbolic point of view, this celebration is “the festival of sacrifice”.
The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.
This is a four day holiday in Muslim countries.
During the festival Muslims who can afford to, sacrifice domestic animals, usually sheep, as a symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice.
Then the “Qurbani meat” is distributed among family, friends and the poor.
The morning of the first day follows with special prayer, the Eid prayer, when Muslims pray for God’s blessing.
This day also marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
In Afghanistan, people visit family members, relatives and treat their guests with different kinds of food, fruits and organize family picnics.
On this day, families, relatives and friends who broke up, reunite, forget and forgive past differences as a virtue of Eid commanded by God.
And, for every Afghan, it is a very special period.