Muslims are now gearing up to celebrate the important holiday of Eid al-Adha, which is approaching this month.
Some people may be confused about the appearance of a second Eid as the last Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr only took place last month.
The two Eid celebrations are the most important on the Islamic calendar and they are marked with huge festivities for Muslims everywhere.
With good food and fine clothes, Eid al-Adha is also a time for pilgrimage and sacrifice.
When is Bakra Eid?
Bakra Eid is another word for Eid al-Adha, which falls on a different date each year.
The date of Eid al-Adha is dependant on the Islamic calendar, which functions on the position of the moon.
The Islamic calendar operates differently to the Western Gregorian one, which is based on solar positioning, meaning the dates for Eid in the western world are different each year.
Eid al-Adha officially falls during the Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month on the Islamic calendar.
The full date for Eid al-Adha is only decided when the crescent Moon is sighted in the sky but there is a way to form a provisional date.
The out-of-sync nature of the Gregorian and Islamic calendars mean that each year, the date of Eid is pushed back 11 days.
It is therefore possible to predict this year’s date based off of the last years, which was September 2.
This years provisional Eid al Adha date is therefore August 22.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha is the most holy holiday in the Islamic calendar, and is focused around the sacrifice by Abraham.
In Islamic scripture, the prophet Abraham was asked to sacrifice his most precious possession by god, which meant he had to sacrifice his only son.
Obeying the word of god, Abraham was to kill his son, but as he was about to commit the act the son was switched with a goat, which was sacrificed in his stead.
Muslims celebrate this act each year by sacrificing a goat and sharing the meal with friends and family, neighbours and the poor.
All able Muslims are also supposed to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during Hajj at least once during their lifetime.
The site is supposedly the birthplace of the religion’s most important prophet Muhammad, and the site of his first revelation.
Every year, Saudi Arabia and Mecca receive millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage.
Muslims are expected to pray, dress in fine clothes, and share the occasion with their family and friends.