Eid al-Adha (10th Zil Hijja al-Haram)

    The first ten days of Zil Hijja al-Haram, the final month of the Islamic calendar, are considered sacred and are connected to the hajj pilgrimage. The day of Arafat, when pilgrims journey to Mount Arafat, is characterised by fasting and extensive prayers and Eid al-Adha marks the end of the hajj. Both days are significant and celebrated by even those who have not gone for hajj. Eid denotes a celebration or feast and adha refers to the udhiyya or ritual sacrifice offered on this day. Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community gather for the early morning fajr prayers after which they engage in special Eid prayers similar to those offered on Eid al-Fitr. The tenets of Islam encourage Muslims to offer sacrifices on the day of Eid al-Adha and the three days after and partake in the rewards of feeding the hungry.