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Eid-al-Adha (Hajj)

Hadji or Hajj festival (also known as Eid-Al-Adha or Festival of Sacrifice), is the second religious holiday of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated worldwide.  In Sri Lanka too, the festival is celebrated by Islamic communities across the nation, adding variety and colour to the Island’s culture.

It is a celebration imbued with reverence for Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice of his own son in earnest devotion to God…and as the tale reveals, the sacrifice of the child was prevented through an act of divine intervention at the last moment, and a ram was sacrificed instead. Today the tradition is still observed during Hajj celebrations. During these celebrations adherents not only share food and wealth with their own relations and friends, but also with the poor and the less fortunate. 

Some Muslims embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca in commemoration of this auspicious day, whilst others dress up in their finest clothing and gather at the local mosques to listen to sermons and spend their time in prayer.

Title image by: KnowSL

Date and Time

September 01, 2017

12:00am Onwards

Location

Islandwide

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