Eid Al Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays and will likely fall this month in 2020. The "festival of sacrifice" will also have to take place
Eid Al Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays and will likely fall this month in 2020. The “festival of sacrifice” will also have to take place under COVID-19 restrictions, limiting the way revellers can celebrate one of their holiest occasions. More than one billion Muslims will mark the occasion regardless, however.
When is the Eid al Adha moon sighting?
Eid al Adha falls on the tenth day of the twelfth month on the Islamic calendar, known as Dhu al-Hijjah.
On the Gregorian calendar, however, the date varies every year.
To start celebrating, Muslims must observe the new moon, but prospective dates come from celestial mapping and astronomy.
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Currently, experts predict Eid al Adha will begin on Thursday, July 30 or Friday, July 31.
Once the festival begins, it will last for four days, so until August 3 or 4.
The date this year will differ from 2019 or 2021, thanks to the asynchronous nature of the Gregorian and Islamic calendars.
In 2019, the day fell on August 11 and finished on August 15, and next year experts expect it will begin on July 19.
The poor receive one part of the meal, while the household receives another and relatives get the rest.
Muslims often dress in their finery for meals at home and with their family during the festival.
Many will also take the time to donate to charity to provide for cash-strapped families to eat during the festival.
Mosques also organise community meals during the festival, which many may opt against this year due to circumstances surrounding the pandemic.
Before Eid al Adha, however, is the pilgrimage to the holy site of Mecca, which starts on July 28 and concludes on August 2.
The pilgrimage, known as Hajj, is a rite of passage for every practitioner with few exceptions.
Contained within Mecca is the Kaaba, a cube shrouded in cloth considered the House of Allah by worshippers.
Millions of people visit during the pilgrimage, which starts tomorrow, but fewer people can attend this year due to COVID-19.