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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 Ibrahim’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 2023 in Kuwait.
When is Eid al Adha 2023?
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 meet specific criteria and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
According to the latest update, this year’s Eid al Adha in Kuwait is expected to be celebrated on Wednesday, 28 June 2023.
Eid Adha 2023 public holiday in Kuwait
Eid Adha is celebrated for three straight days in Kuwait. The public holiday for Eid ul Adha in Kuwait starts from 28-30 June 2023.
Bakrid 2023 Kuwait
Bakrid is another term for the Eid Adha celebration in Kuwait. It marks the end of the Hajj season when all the Muslims who undergo a pilgrimage gather on the top of Mount Arafat to perform a long prayer and recite verses in the Qur’an. Whereas the Muslims who did not go on a pilgrim would celebrate it with the sacrifice of some cattle, such as cows, sheep, goats, buffalos, and more.
How is Eid Adha celebrated in Kuwait?
Performing extra prayers in the morning is how most Muslims in Kuwait begin celebrating Eid. Kuwaitis usually celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival by holding prayers early in the morning, giving “Eidiyah,” money traditionally given to children by elder relatives, and enjoying family gatherings.
Muslims honor 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.
The animal sacrifice comes with an element of charity, as the person paying for the sacrifice is required to distribute part of it to others. Families then divide up the meat to use during the feast with their family and friends; distribute it to close ones who do not present at the gathering and neighbors; and lastly, to the poor.
Sharing a meal with family and friends plays an important role in Eid al-Adha. 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.