Muslims all over the world are getting ready to celebrate Eid ul Adha 2017 or Eid Qurbani. Muslims will celebrate Eid ul Adha 2017 according to the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle of the year. The dates of the Islamic calendar are not in synchronization with the Western calendar. The following of lunar calendar shifts the year backward by approximately ten days each year.
Dates of Eid ul Adha 2017 Around the World
Eid ul Adha 2017 dates will fall close to each other in different parts of the world. The lunar sightings change the Islamic day in various regions of the world. Therefore, it may add difference of a day. Here is a tentative calendar of Eid ul Adha 2017 dates over the world, which may change.
- United States – 1st September 2017
- Pakistan – 2nd, 3rd, and 4th September 2017
- India – 2nd September 2017
- Bangladesh – 2nd September 2017
- Europe – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th September 2017
- Canada – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th September 2017
- United Kingdom – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th September 2017
- Australia – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th September 2017
- New Zealand – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th September 2017
The meaning of Eid ul Adha is the festival of sacrifice. Muslims celebrate this day as a time of generosity by sacrificing for friends, family members, and the needy around them.
Like before, Eid ul Adha 2017 will mark the honor of Prophet Ibrahim. A time when Ibrahim was asked to sacrifice his son in the name of the God, and later he was ordered to slaughter a sheep instead. The Eid ul Adha greetings also mark Hajj, the annual pilgrimage by Muslims to Mecca.
Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha on the 10th day of the last or 12th Islamic month known as Zil-Hajj. Eid ul Adha celebrations last for four days.
How Muslims Celebrate Eid ul Adha?
Muslims start their day with a morning prayer in the mosque. There are certain conditions that Muslims need to fulfill for Eid ul Adha prayers. Among others, they must pray with a congregation. After prayers, they greet with friends and family members to exchange Eid ul Adha wishes. It is not customary, but sometimes Muslims do exchange Eid ul Adha cards. They may also choose to share money and food with the poor.
An integral part of Eid celebration is slaughtering of a sheep or cow or any of the other Halal animals acceptable for sacrifice. The laws & regulations of each country in the world differ. Therefore, you must conform to the local regulations when sacrificing for Eid ul Adha. For example, in the UK, you need to conform to the set animal welfare standards when sacrificing the animal on Eid. Similarly in India, you cannot slaughter a cow and only the smaller animals like a goat or a sheep.