Eid ul-Adha

RAFAH/EGYPT BORDER - JANUARY 28: A Palestinian youth carries a goat he bought in Egypt as he moves back through the border between Egypt and Rafah January 28, 2008 in Rafah, the southern Gaza Strip. Egyptian security forces began putting up fences to plug the breaches along the border with the Hamas held Gaza Strip. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)

Eid ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) is an important Muslim festival celebrated throughout North Africa and in Muslim communities elsewhere on the continent. During the celebration, Muslims remember Ibrahim’s (Abraham) trials, who was asked by Allah to sacrfice his only son. To commemorate this show of faith by Ibrahim, Muslims themselves slaughter an animal, usually a sheep or goat. The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. Eid ul-Adha is celebrated 70 days after the end of Ramadam and the day after the completion of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).