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Eid Al-Adha is a Muslim celebration. It can last several days depending on where you live.  Eid al-Adha is also known as the Sacrifice Festival. It commemorates the story of Ibrahim, a prophet (Abraham). To demonstrate his faith, Allah (God) told Ibrahim he had to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Ibrahim made the decision to obey Allah's command.

The devil attempted to persuade him to disobey, but he refused. To get the devil to leave, he threw pebbles at him. Ibrahim was on the verge of sacrificing his son. Allah had replaced Ishmael with a ram, he discovered. Because Ibrahim had demonstrated his devotion to Allah, his son was spared. Muslims commemorate Ibrahim's above-all loyalty and obedience to Allah.

When it takes place

Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of the Muslim calendar's last month. The Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar, meaning it is based on the phases of the moon. The months are determined by the phases of the moon.

That means the Julian calendar is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. That's the one with 365 days that you use at school. As a result, Eid al-Adha is observed on a different day each year. It starts on July 19th and ends on July 23rd this year.

Many of these celebrations may no longer be possible today due to social distancing. Some celebrations may be held only with immediate family members, while others may be held online.

How it is celebrated

When Eid al-Adha begins, some Muslims perform Hajj (a pilgrimage) in Saudi Arabia. They hurl pebbles at three massive stone pillars in Mina. Muslims believe Ibrahim threw pebbles at the devil in order to drive him away.

The event is being scaled back this year due to social distancing. Only 60,000 people who have been immunized and live in Saudi Arabia will be permitted to perform the Hajj. Other Muslims observe the holiday by dressing up and going to the mosque in the morning for special prayers. Later, family and friends gather for a large meal. There's a lot of tasty food, including sweets.