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Eid al-Adha is one of the largest Islamic holidays, marking the end of Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca. It is celebrated 70 days after the Eid al-Fitr, on the 10th day of the month of Dhu'l-Hijjah, in memory of the sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim.

The Feast of Sacrifice is the culmination of the Hajj to Mecca. The day before the pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat, and on the day of the sacrifice they performed a symbolic throwing of stones and tawaf (a sevenfold walkaround the Kaaba).

The origins of the feast are described in the Quran, according to which the angel Jibreel appeared to the Prophet Ibrahim in a dream and gave him the command from Allah to sacrifice his son. In the Qur'an, the name of the son is not specified, however, in the tradition, the eldest son Ismail is mentioned. In contrast to the Islamic tradition, another son of the prophet Ibrahim Isaac appears in the Jewish tradition. Ibrahim went to the valley of Mina to the place where Mecca stands now, and began preparations. His son, who knew about this, did not resist, because he was obedient to his father and Allah. However, it turned out to be a test from Allah, and during the immolation, Allah made the knife not able to cut. Instead of the son a lamb was sacrificed.

After prayers in the mosque, Muslims go to their families, and the ritual of sacrifice begins. Most often, a sheep is sacrificed, but it also may be a camel or a cow. The offering must be at least six months old, it must be healthy and have no shortcomings. After that, the meat is boiled and eaten at a common meal. In general, like many Muslim celebrations, Eid al-Adha is accompanied by a large-scale feast with cooking of many different dishes.

On the feast of sacrifice, one must share meat with the poor, the sick and those who need it. Close friends and relatives make gifts during the holiday. In the days following the holiday, usually visits are made to relatives and friends.

In Muslim countries, Eid al-Adha is an official holiday.

In the morning of September 1, a holiday prayer and sermon took place in the mosque of the Islamic Cultural Center In Kyiv.

Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine "Ummah" and the Association "Alraid" invite everyone to celebrate the Eid al-Adha.

The children's program also includes two trampolines, aqua-grime, sweet cotton wool, gifts, a science show, for the youngest ones they prepared a puppet show.

There will also be a fair for women - henna painting, Muslim women's clothing, eco-products and handmade.

Moreover, it will not do without a sports program - an arm wrestling tournament and the measurement of the impact force.

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