The Prophet Ibrahim had a profound dream-vision on a stroke of midnight. In his dream, God Almighty showed up to Ibrahim and instructed him that as a show of loyalty and obedience, he need to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail.
Because Ibrahim’s love for God was unwavering, he brought Ismail to the summit of Mount Arafah and prepared to make the sacrifice. But, just as he was about to slay Ismail, the archangel Jibril arrived in front of the patriarch, accompanied by a lamb. Ibrahim’s faith had been confirmed, and the lamb was to be sacrificed as a ransom for his son, according to Jibril.
Muslims all across the world have celebrated Eid Adha as the Day of Sacrifice in remembrance of Ibrahim’s obedience, loyalty, and surrender. Here are the dates, schedules, and information for celebrating Eid Adha 2024 or Al Eid Al Kabeer in Oman as we get closer to the celebration of this remarkable event.
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Eid al Adha 2024 in Oman date
In Oman, Eid al Adha typically lasts for three to four days on the 10th day of the holy month of Dhulhijjah. Islam uses the lunar calendar, so the dates may vary each year. This year’s Eid Adha is expected to fall on 16 June 2023 after the moon-sighting of Dhulhijjah.
Eid al Adha 2023 holidays in Oman
Eid Adha is one of the public holidays in Oman. The public holiday for Eid ul Adha is expected to start from 15 to 18 June 2024.
How is Eid al Adha celebrated in Oman?
To commemorate the Feast of Sacrifice, Omani people would gather in the mosque on the first day of the celebration to perform an Eid prayer in the morning. During Eid Adha, people would greet each other by saying “Eid Mubarak” or in English “Have a blessed Eid” or “Eid Sa-Eid” or in English “Happy festival”.
The Eid prayer is always followed by the act of sacrifice, where the animals such as cows, goats, camels, and sheep are slaughtered. The meat would be donated to people in need, and distributed to the nearby neighborhood. Omanis would cook some delectable meals with the meat that they received during the Eid Adha on the 1st and 2nd days. Shuwa, an underground grill and mashakeek, a barbecue are two of the most-cooked meals during Eid Adha in Oman.
Omanis would also dress in brand-new clothes to celebrate Eid Adha. Men in Oman would wear a kind of gown called dishdasha and a kummah, a head cap or massar, or a head turban. The women would put on their colorful dresses and they would decorate their hands with henna tattoos.
On the third day of celebration, Omanis would visit their relatives and families to spend quality time together to dine, go out, or do some other family activities. Omani families would cook meals differently, but the most popular dish served during Eid Adha is Ursiyah, a bowl of mashed rice cooked together with chicken and other meats. The kids would also receive gift money called ‘Eidiyah’ from their relatives.