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Festivals of Islam in 2019

The word Eid in Arabic means “festival” and refers to two of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar, Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha.

The celebration of Eid al Fitr begins on June 3th next year, when the crescent moon is seen in the evening sky. Muslims greet each other with a “blessed Eid” as the fasting of the month of Ramadan is concluded. After a breakfast of dried fruit, they gather together to recite special prayers in honor of Allah and to give to those less fortunate.

Eid al Adha takes place during the last days of the Hajj, on August 11 in 2019. This Muslim holiday honors the prophet Abraham for his obedience to God when he agreed to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Muslims take part in this festival by reciting Eid prayers and making an animal sacrifice to God.

These observances are based on the five pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, charity, fasting and completing the Hajj.

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