As the sacred Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha approaches, Muslims around the world eagerly anticipate this significant occasion marked by devout observance and communal celebration. With its roots deeply embedded in faith and tradition, Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, holds profound spiritual meaning for millions worldwide.

This year, as preparations commence for Eid al-Adha 2024, families and communities are gearing up to honor this revered event with reverence, joy, and acts of generosity.

As we gear up to honor the sacred festival of Eid al-Adha, let’s take a look at the dates, public holidays, and traditional observances for welcoming and celebrating Eid al-Adha 2024 in Morocco.

Eid al-Adha 2024 dates and calendar

Eid al-Adha typically starts on the 10th day of Dhū al-Ḥijjah, the twelfth and concluding month of the Islamic lunar calendar, following the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage. Much like Eid al-Fitr, the timing of Eid al-Adha hinges upon the sighting of the new moon.

For Eid al-Adha 2024, it is projected to take place on 16 June to 19 June. However, this still remains tentative and subject to adjustment based on the sighting of the moon.

Eid al-Adha 2024 public holiday in Morocco

In Morocco, Eid al-Adha is typically recognized as a public holiday, resulting in the closure of the majority of schools and businesses. However, as of now, there haven’t been any official announcements regarding the Eid al-Adha holidays for the year 2024 in Morocco.

Please note that we will update the information as and when released by the officials.

How is Eid al-Adha 2024 celebrated in Morocco?

On the day of Eid al-Adha, anticipation fills the air as people eagerly await the festivities. The morning begins with Takbir, a proclamation of the greatness of God, a ritual observed by Muslims during Eid. Families rise early, donning the traditional Moroccan attire of “Jellaba” and “al-Balgha” for the special Eid prayer, typically conducted in mosques or open spaces. Following the prayer, greetings of “Eid Mubarak” are exchanged, and families return home for a special breakfast featuring traditional Moroccan pastries and mint tea.

After breakfast, preparations for the animal sacrifice commence, conducted in accordance with Islamic ritual. The meat from the sacrifice is then divided into three parts: one for the family, one for friends and neighbors, and one for the less fortunate. Some individuals may opt to donate the entire animal to those in need.

The meat from the sacrifice becomes the focal point of Eid al-Adha feasts, featuring an array of traditional Moroccan dishes. Specialties such as boulfaf, tkelia, brain in spiced tomato sauce, grilled shoulder meat marinated in chermoula, and mrouzia grace dining tables during the three-day celebration.

Mechoui, a slow-roasted lamb or goat, stands out as a beloved centerpiece, accompanied by bread, tea, and an assortment of side dishes including salad, zaalouk, and marinated olives, embodying the essence of Moroccan culinary tradition during this festive occasion.

Eid al-Adha prayer time in Morocco

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.

On Eid al-Adha, Muslims in Morocco will gather to pray at mosques and musallahs, outdoor places of worship. Typically, the Eid prayer in Morocco takes place approximately 10 to 15 minutes after sunrise. Worshippers are encouraged to arrive at the mosque or musallahs before sunrise to minimize congestion

Please note that this section will be updated with the official Eid al-Adha prayer times in Morocco once they have been announced.

 

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