When Eid ul Azha celebrated and Its SignificanceEid-Ul-Adha is observed after the conclusion of the Hajj. The first day of this celebration is held on the 10th day of Duhl-Hijja, which is the last month of the Muslim year. In most areas, the Feast of Sacrifice is celebrated over several days. Islamic months begin at sunset on the day when the lunar crescent appears after the new moon, and can be sighted by the unaided eye . "Visibility depends on a large number of factors including weather condition, the altitude of the moon at sunset, the closeness of the moon to the sun at sunset, the interval between sunset and moonset, atmospheric pollution, the quality of the eyesight of the observer, use of optical aids etc." 3 As a result, although the phases of the moon can be predicted accurately, the moon's visibility at a given place on Earth cannot be estimated in advance. Thus, the feast day has always been celebrated on different days in various areas of the world.Because the date of the Feast of Sacrifice is determined by a lunar calendar, it is observed about 11 days earlier each year. According to the Gregorian calendar:
Year Id al-Adha 1417 H 1997-APR-17 1418 1998-APR-07 1419 1999-MAR-28 1420 2000-MAR-16 1421 2001-MAR-05 1422 2002-FEB-22 1423 2003-FEB-11 1424 2004-FEB-01 1425 2005-JAN-21 1426 2006-JAN-10 1427 2006-DEC-31 1428 2007-DEC-20 1429 2008-DEC-08 1430 2009-NOV-28 1431 2010-NOV-17 1432 2011-NOV-07
Its significance:"The celebration of Eid-Ul-Adha is in commemoration of the command give by Allah to Prophet Abraham (may Allah be pleased with him) to sacrifice his first born son Ishmael to Him. The fulfilment [sic] of this noble command of Allah by Abraham signifies his faith in Allah...."
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