Eid al-Adha 2020: Why are there two Eids?

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Muslims across the UK will be celebrating Eid al-Adha as July comes to an end.

The name is often shortened to 'Eid' and in 2020 it will be celebrated in the UK between 30 July and 3 August.

Things will be a bit different this year due to the coronavirus lockdown, but the Muslim Council of Britain says, "Muslim communities are still able to make the most of Eid Al Adha."

Now, you might have also heard of another festival called Eid al-Fitr , which is also referred to as 'Eid'.

Read on to find out more about both of these festivals and the differences between them.

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Many Muslims will say the greeting Eid Mubarak on Eid - it means 'blessed Eid'
Why are there two Eids?

The word 'Eid' means 'feast' or 'festival'.

Each year Muslims celebrate both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, but the names often get shortened to just 'Eid' and that's why it can be confusing.

Eid al-Fitr - which means 'festival of the breaking of the fast - is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, which is a month when many adult Muslims fast.

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Eid al-Adha - which means 'feast of the sacrifice' - is celebrated just over two months later, at the same time when many Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage.

Festivals in Islam are based on the lunar calendar, which is around 11 days shorter than the solar calendar - the calendar which most people in the world use in their day-to-day life.

Being based on the lunar calendar means the dates of both Eids change each year, but Eid al-Fitr is always a little over two months before Eid al-Adha.

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Eid meals with family and friends are usually a big part of the celebrations.

On both Eids, many Muslims usually go to special Eid prayers at their local mosque and have a day of celebrations with family and friends.

In 2020, the celebrations maybe quite different but families will still enjoy the festival together.