Are There Varying Celebrations of Qurbani and Eid ul-Adha in Different Countries?
Different countries approach Eid ul-Adha and Qurbani celebrations differently. Most commonly, and in the UK, Eid ul-Adha is usually a three-day event filled with festivities, prayer, and worship. After morning prayers and Qurbani donations, friends and family wish each other Eid Mubarak and exchange gifts. Some cities even host dedicated fairs and events for the occasion.
On the flip side, other countries can continue celebrating for up to two weeks after the 10th Day of Dhul Hijjah, the day when Eid ul-Adha traditionally begins. These festivities may include national holidays, continued gift-giving, markets and well-wishes. Additionally, Muslims in some countries dress differently, with some choosing smart attire whilst others simply opt for new clothing and don’t specify how formal it must be.
It is important to note that many Muslims perform Hajj, the annual pilgrimage, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, just before Eid ul-Adha. As Hajj concludes in Mecca, celebrations in the city can take a greater role than in most other locations.
To summarise, regardless of where you are, Eid ul-Adha celebrations and Qurbani may differ slightly but will generally follow the same basic structure.
While these are just a few of the most frequently asked questions that you might encounter about Qurbani and Eid ul-Adha, there is much more to learn about this blessed time of year.
You can find out more about Qurbani here and donate your Qurbani with UKIM to help provide vital food to your brothers and sisters across the world this Eid.