On one fateful night, the Prophet Ibrahim experienced a vivid dream-vision. In the dream, God Almighty appeared before Ibrahim and commanded him to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail as an act of obedience and submission.
As Ibrahim’s devotion to God was nothing short of absolute, he took Ismail to the top of Mount Arafah and braced himself to make the ultimate sacrifice. But just as he was about to slaughter Ismail, the archangel Jibril appeared before the patriarch with a ram in tow. Jibril then revealed that Abraham’s faith had been vindicated and that the ram was to be sacrificed as a ransom for his son.
Reflecting on Ibrahim’s obedience, devotion and submission, Muslims around the world have since honored Eid Adha as the Day of Sacrifice. As we draw nearer to the commemoration of this inspiring event, here are the dates, calendar and guide to celebrating Eid Adha 2022 in Bahrain.
Eid Adha 2022 dates and calendar
The day of Eid Adha falls on the tenth day in the final (twelfth) month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, Dhu-al-Hijjah. The day that celebrations fall on is dependent on a legitimate sighting of the moon, following the completion of the annual Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj – which is an obligation for all Muslims who fit specific criteria, one of the important Five Pillars of Islam.
This year, Eid Adha is expected to be celebrated on Saturday, 9 July 2022. The date is subject to change depending on the sighting of the moon of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1443.
Eid Adha 2022 public holiday in Bahrain
The Eid Adha is celebrated for three straight days in Bahrain. And by taking into account Arafat Day falling on 9 July, which is also considered a public holiday, Bahrain residents are in store for a long stretch of holiday.
How is Eid Adha celebrated in Bahrain?
The celebration of Eid al-Adha begins with a special prayer, ‘Salat al-Eid’, followed by a sermon called a khutbah. Traditionally, this is followed by the sacrifice. On this auspicious day, Muslims traditionally honour Ibrahim’s devotion to God by sacrificing a sheep, goat, cow or camel in their homes or other designated sacrifice spots. For the good deed of the sacrifice to count, every person has to contribute a portion each.
Families then divide up the meat to use during the feast with their family and friends; to distribute to close ones not present at the gathering and neighbors; and lastly, to the poor. Families who have not conducted a sacrifice will often purchase halal meat for their meal and donate money to charity instead.
Sharing a meal with family and friends plays an important role in Eid al-Adha. The dishes that are eaten vary according to culture, but meat-based meals of kebabs, biryani and curries are very common. Another popular dish is haleem, a stew of minced mutton, slow-cooked with wheat or barley until it becomes a rich paste.
The rest of the day is devoted to visiting the houses of friends and family. Worshippers exchange the traditional Arabic greeting, ‘Eid Mubarak’ (‘have a blessed Eid’) and swap gifts.