This is the second important festival celebrated by Muslim communities. It is called EID UL KABIR (The greatest festival) or Eid ul-Adha. The first festival is of fast breaking called EID UL FITR (or the little festival) takes place at the end of the month of Ramadan.
EID UL-ADHA comes on the tenth day of the month of DHUL'IL HIJJAH; It happens during the month of pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The celebration lasts from three to four days depending on which country you come from.
These celebrations involves the sacrifice of an animal for the pilgrims and is held in the valley of Mina. It is done in remembrance of the story of the prophet Abraham who was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Ishmail. This was a test of his faith to show if he was willing to obey God no matter what.
The sacrifice is a voluntary act for other Muslims around the world. Families who can afford is slaughter a Lamb, Sheep, Goat or Ram. The animal must be healthy and over a year old. The meat is usually divided into three portions. One portion is given to the Poor, another is offered as a gift to friends and relatives and the third is kept by the family.
Eid ul-Adha is celebrated in Britain by attending the Mosque for a special prayer. Local Muslims butchers slaughter the animal. The community meet for celebrations.