How to Explain Eid Al-Adha to a Child

What is the story of Eid Al-Adha?

A long time ago, Abraham had a dream. In that dream, Allah sent a message that Abraham was to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as a sign of devotion and obedience to God (Allah). 

The devil tempted Abraham, saying that he should disobey Allah and spare his son.  But Abraham ignored the devil, and as Abraham was about to sacrifice Ishmael, Allah stepped in and gave Abraham a sheep to sacrifice instead. You can learn more by watching this video:

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How is Eid celebrated?

Muslims celebrate this occasion in many different ways. As the meaning of Eid Al-Adha is “The Feast of the Sacrifice”, Muslims will have their own feast. Children will receive gifts and special prayers are said throughout the day. One of the traditions of this celebration is to sacrifice an animal, just like Abraham did. The meat from the animal is then split into three portions, one part will go to family, another part will go to friends and relatives, and the last part goes to those in need.

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Eid Al-Adha Fun Facts

  1. The date of Eid Al-Adha changes every year because it follows the Islamic lunar calendar.
  2. The festival marks the end of Hajj. Hajj is a 5 day journey (also called pilgrimage) that is believed to clean the soul and bring a sense of equality among all. On average, 1.8  billion Muslims participate in the pilgrimage every year.
  3. Eid Al-Adha isn’t the only Eid celebration, the first Eid celebration is called Eid Al-Fitr, which starts after Ramadan.
  4. People greet each other during Eid by saying Eid Mubarak, which means ‘Happy Eid’ or ‘Blessed Eid’.
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Do you celebrate Eid-Al-Adha? Let us know how you celebrate this occasion.

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