Eid al-Adha is around the corner (Picture: ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)
Eid al-Adha is an important date in the Islamic calendar as it celebrates the ‘feast of the sacrifice’.
Eid al-Adha remembers a story about Allah asking Abraham to sacrifice his son, as a sign of faith.
It’s also the time of year when many Muslims make a five-day pilgrimage to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, called Hajj.
All Muslims who are able to make the pilgrimage are expected to travel to Mecca once in their lifetime – to pray before Kaaba, the religion’s most sacred shrine.
But when is the celebration this year?
When is Eid al-Adha this year?
Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhū al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar.
In 2021, the four-day event begins on the evening of July 19 and ends on July 23.
Though it is an important time in the calendar, the actual date Eid al-Adha happens varies year on year, much like Easter and Eid al-Fitr.
This is because it is based on the lunar calendar and the sighting of a new moon.
The sighting of the new moon varies across the world, so the exact date can change depending on where you and on local religious authorities.
For example, in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh the current expected date for Eid al-Adha is July 21, but these dates are also subject to change.
In 2020, it took place from July 30 to August 3, and in 2019 from August 11 to August 15.
In 2022, Eid al-Adha is due to take place from Saturday, July 9 to Wednesday, July 13.
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