06 Aug 2018

Celebrating Eid Al Adha in the Middle East

Eid Al Adha is an Islamic holiday that commemorates Ibrahim’s test of faith, and is celebrated worldwide. The tradition in the Middle East is to begin the day with the Eid prayer, followed by the sacrifice of a sheep, which is then shared with friends, family and the less fortunate. The rest of the day consists of feasts and time with family. Apart from this, some countries also observe additional ways of celebrating.

Saudi Arabia
Eid al Adha is celebrated with immense religious passion. Houses are beautifully decorated, Eid carnivals are held, and overall, greater generosity is displayed. Gifts are handed out to children and large servings of food will be shared with neighbors and the less fortunate.

United Arab Emirates
Following the early morning Eid traditions, residents often retreat to public spaces. Given the plethora of family-friendly attractions, theme parks, live performances, and shopping offers present during Eid, it’s no surprise that the holiday is hardly ever spent indoors.

The celebration of Eid Al Adha traditionally comes with long breaks, and Muslims in Bahrain often take advantage of this extended holiday. While some choose to remain at home after performing the Eid prayer and sacrifice, many will opt to travel to nearby locations for short breaks.

After performing the traditional practices of Eid Al Adha, Omani families flock to the marketplace to buy new clothes and household goods. Additionally, horse shows, traditional dances, and shooting competitions are held as part of the celebrations.  

Eid preparations in Turkey start early; the house is cleaned weeks in advance. New clothes are purchased, and families visit graveyards the day before Eid to pay respects to the deceased. Following the Eid prayer, the sacrificed meat is prepared and often enjoyed outdoors in a picnic.

While each country experiences the traditional joys of Eid, different ways of celebration makes Eid Al Adha a unique day in their yearly calendars.