Eid-ul-Zuha celebrated all over the world

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Muslims all over the world are celebrated the festival of Eid-ul-Azha ( Eid-ul-Adha or Bakr Eid) with religious fervour.  Second only in importance to Ramadan, it is a time of feasting and family get-togethers, gift giving and special prayers that commemorate Prophet Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son to prove his obedience to Allah

Eid-ul-Azha is traditionally observed every year on the 10th day of the month of Zul Hijja on the lunar Islamic calendar at the end of the Hajj - or the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia - which all Muslims who are financially able are required to perform at least once in their lifetimes.

While those who have made the pilgrimage have special reason to be joyous, Muslims around the world join in to celebrate during the three-day festival of thanksgiving. The wearing of the finest clothes, and a visit to the local mosque for special prayers, is usually followed later by big family or community dinners, and special sweets & treats for children.

According to the Holy Quran, God appeared in Prophet Abraham's dream and asked him to sacrifice something that was most dear to him. The annual festival commemorates Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as a commandment of God who then replaced a ram to be slaughtered instead through a miracle.

Consequently, it has become a tradition to slaughter livestock and feed the poor to mark the occasion.

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