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Eid al Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the two most significant Islamic celebrations. It is a time to honor the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. While Eid al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan's fasting period, Eid al Adha signifies the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Central to the observance of Eid al Adha is the act of giving charity and communal prayer, demonstrating unity as well as compassion for the less fortunate.
The origin of Eid al Adha stems from the stories of Abraham (Ibrahim) as recounted in the Quran, which are also present in the Bible and Torah. These stories resonate with believers from various religious backgrounds, making Eid al Adha a meaningful occasion for all. In the Netherlands, a country known for its inclusivity and openness, the observance of Eid al Adha encourages interfaith dialogue, cultural understanding, and the celebration of diversity within the Dutch society. As a result, people in the Netherlands can appreciate this festival's importance to their Muslim neighbors, as well as its message of unity and mindfulness towards the less fortunate.
In the Netherlands, Muslims gather at mosques and community centers to participate in the Eid al Adha prayer, which typically takes place in the morning. After prayer, families may come together and share a special meal that traditionally includes lamb or goat meat. In keeping with the spirit of the observance, a portion of the meal is also given as charity to those in need. While specific dates for Eid al Adha can vary according to the lunar-based Islamic calendar, in the Netherlands, the occasion is usually observed on the same day as in Saudi Arabia, where the Hajj pilgrimage is held. Eid al-Adha is observed on June 28th this year.
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