Eid el-Kabir, also called the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated around the globe each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son. Nigerian Muslims and their brethren globally observe this event.
Is Eid-El-Kabir a Public Holiday?
Eid-El-Kabir is a public holiday. In Nigeria, it is usually two days off for the general population. Schools and most businesses are closed.
When is Sallah festival in Nigeria in 2019?
Eid al-Adha is another name for Eid-el-Kabir.
In English, the Sallah festival name could translate to the ‘Sacrifice Feast’.
In the Islamic lunar calendar, the Sallah festival typically falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for two days basically. Therefore, Eid-el-Kabir (Sallah) 2019 in Nigeria will most likely begin in the evening of Sunday, 11 August and end in the evening of Tuesday, 13 August. It is noteworthy that dates may vary. And importantly, the celebration of the festival is still subject to the Sultan’s (Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar) official announcement.
The Sallah festival is such a significant one because the day of sacrifice marks the climax of Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medinah), which is the fifth pillar of Islam.
During the festival, rams are slaughtered all over the world to honour Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his beloved son for Allah.
Celebrations usually continue for about three to five days after the festival day, with visitations to friends, families and recreational sites.
Imitating Ibrahim’s sacrifice of ram to Allah, Muslims sacrifice acceptable domestic animal – usually a cow, camel, goat, sheep or ram, depending on what the family can afford.
The sacrificed animals have to meet certain age and quality standards to be considered acceptable and permissible sacrifices.
Furthermore, to demonstrate the charitable practice among the Muslim community, efforts are made to ensure that during Eid-el-Kabir, no impoverished person is denied the opportunity to partake in the sacrificial feast.
The sacrificed animals are preferably split into three parts of which one third of the meat is given to relatives, friends and neighbours, another third is retained for the family, and the last third is given to the poor and needy.