Eid Ul Adha is a joyous occasion; a time to celebrate, bury old hatchets, forge new friendships and celebrate with the family. The whole Muslim Ummah celebrates Eid Ul Adha together however, depending on the region, Eid festivities vary with each having its own unique cultural touch and flare.
Europe and America
Muslims living in Western and European countries no doubt miss the Eid festivities back home but that doesn't dampen their spirits nor their celebrations. Muslims living in these regions usually skip breakfast and go straight for Eid prayers. After the prayers and sermon, they have a huge feast with family and friends. Due to the increasingly active work lifestyle of these countries and the fact these are predominantly non-Muslim regions, it is also very common to see people going straight to work or school after Eid and they celebrate as a family over the weekend.
Middle East - Egypt
Eid Ul Adha is more commonly known as Eid el-Kibr in Egypt. The day starts off the same; Eid Prayers followed by a sermon which is then followed by family gatherings and a huge feast. The people of Egypt donate Qurbani meat very generously. The wealthy as well as numerous charity organisations give Qurbani meat and other food necessities to all those in need in order to honour the Sunna of Prophet Ibrahim.
South Asia - Pakistan
Eid-Ul-Adha is a 4 day religious holiday in Pakistan. On the day of Eid, all shops are closed and people spend most of the day in prayer in the morning followed by performing the Qurbani festivities in the afternoon and evening. Families start gathering together during the day and at night, they have a nice family dinner. They exchange gifts and some lucky children even get some spending money!
It doesn't matter which part of the world you live in, the Eid prayer, the concluding sermon and the Udhiya are the same for everyone. Everything afterwards, varies according to region, culture, and even geography. May Allah (SWT) enable us to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with our loved ones. Ameen!
We, at Muslim Aid would like to wish all Muslim brothers and sisters a glorious and happy Eid-Ul-Adha!