During the Eid holiday, my entire family wakes up early in the morning and everyone dresses in the new clothes that the tailor sewed for us especially for Eid. We have breakfast and then the men go to the mosque for prayers and afterwards my father visits the grave of his father. Finally, we gather again at home and everyone says “Eid Mubarak!” to each other. My family likes to visit our neighbors and relatives in the afternoon, starting at the home of the eldest, and then we cook the meat of our sacrificial animal. My mother makes cake and desserts.
I enjoy Eid very much because I can visit my friends and relatives, eat sweets, and wear my best new dress. When relatives come to the house to say Eid Mubarak, if someone has been upset with someone else, during Eid they make peace with each other.
Our Muslim calendar holds two Eid festivals. The first, Eid al-Fitr, comes at the end of Ramadan. The second, Eid al-Adha, honors the memory of Ibrahim who was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to Allah. After witnessing Ibrahim’s devotion, Allah gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead of his son. Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, lasts three days. It also marks the end of Hajj, the religious journey that takes Muslims to Mecca to pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque.
During Eid, everyone is happy and celebrates with family and thanks Allah for the blessings they have received.
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