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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 honoured 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 2024.

Eid ul Adha 2024 in Pakistan date

Eid ul Adha in Pakistan is expected to begin on the evening of Sunday, 17 June 2024.

Eid ul Adha 2024 holidays in Pakistan

The Pakistani government has announced a public holiday for Eid ul-Adha 2024, from 17 June 2024 (Monday) to 19 June 2024 (Wednesday). This totals a five-day holiday, encompassing the preceding Saturday and Sunday.

How is Eid ul Adha celebrated in Pakistan?

For Pakistanis, the day of Eid Adha starts with morning prayers at the mosques. Muslims greet each other with open arms and wish others “Eid Mubaarak” and “Eid Saeed” on this auspicious day.

The main observance of Eid Adha in Pakistan is the symbolic reenactment of Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a goat, lamb, or ram. Many Muslim families distribute the meat from the sacrificed animal amongst family, neighbours, friends, as well as the poor so that all Muslims can enjoy a meat-based meal on this pious day. Sheer khurma, a sweet delicacy made with milk, vermicelli, and dry fruits is another highlight of Eid Adha.

Men, women and children alike wear new clothes and dress up in festive attire to celebrate the occasion with gaiety and fervour. Pakistanis often invite friends and family over to share the meals of Eid. People also make it a point to visit their loved ones and exchange presents.

Eid ul Adha 2024 prayer time in Pakistan

The times for the special prayers on Eid al-Adha have not been disclosed as we are still waiting for the official dates from the moon sighting. Later, on Eid al-Adha day, Muslims will offer prayer at mosques and musallahs, outdoor places of worship, across Pakistan.

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