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When is Eid al-Adha in 2019? Dates, Eid Mubarak wishes, fasting, and prayers

Four days of celebration are now underway marking the start of Eid.

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, starts today (August 11).

The celebrations commence with Muslims going to the Mosque for morning prayers, and later gifting, family gatherings and the exchanging of cards.

Despite also being known as Eid, the September festival is distinct from Eid al-Fitr, the annual date that comes immediately after Ramadan, which is celebrated in the summer months.

Traditionally, the festival lasts for four days, but public holidays vary around the world - with Arab countries observing a nine-day public holiday.

In 2019, Eid-al-Adha begins in the evening of August 11 and ends in the evening on August 15.

What is Eid al-Adha?
The Muslim festival is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or the Greater Eid and honours Prophet Abraham's sacrifice of his son Ishmael, as an act of submission to God's command.

The exact date and timing of the occasion varies on the positioning of the moon at the beginning of the Islamic calendar month, better known as Dhu’l-Hijjah.

As a result of this, Eid al-Adha often falls on different days around the world - depending on your location and region.

Why does Eid follow Hajj?
The moon determines the date of Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. All Muslims have to carry it out at least once in their life time - it is one of the pillars of Islam. As Hajj always begins two days before Eid the dates of both move.

How is Greater Eid celebrated?
On the commencing morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims will attend morning prayers at local mosques – often embarking on a different route back home, as this is following the example of the Prophet Muhammad.

As it's a celebratory festival, men and women will also dress up for the occasion, often wearing new outfits, or their best clothes.

It's tradition to gift and be gifted new clothes during Eid al-Adha, families and friends will also gather together to exchange gifts, money and eat traditional food.