This article was published on August 19th, 2018
Celebrations for Eid Al Adha will begin August 21st of this year, with most public and private sector companies enjoying a few days off. A time of joy and celebration, here is what you need to know about the occasion:
What is Eid Al Adha?
The festival of sacrifice is the second major occasion in Islam, with the first being Eid Al Fitir. Celebrated by Muslims all over the world, it is also dependent on the sighting of the moon in the lunar month of Zul Hijjah.
How is it Celebrated?
Eid starts with a special prayer that proceeds morning prayer at mosques. Eid Al Adha is also the time of Haj pilgrimage, which is a very important pillar in Islam. The Muslim community worldwide partake in sacrificing animals and enjoying a feast, as well as giving to the needy and poor. It is also a time of celebration for children and families, who all get together and spend the Eid days visiting relatives and friends. People are usually dressed in their traditional clothes, and children specifically enjoy this time, as most people give them money and gifts!
Things To Do:
While many decide to take advantage of the holiday and leave town for a short vacation, there is plenty to do in Qatar during Eid time. How about a hotel staycation for you and your family? Many resorts and hotels around town are having special offers for stays during Eid, which is a great option for some rest and relaxation during the days off. Of course, it wouldn’t be Eid in Qatar without experiencing brunch! On offer are some great brunch, usually on the first, second and third day of Eid.
If you are looking for a more family fun atmosphere, then check out the malls during this period, with most offering different performances and activities as well throughout the days of Eid, including live shows and exciting raffle draws with a number of prizes up for grabs. Katara and Souq Waqif are also other venues that will be celebrating Eid Al Adha with a number of special events and show.
Qatar Summer Festival’s Entertainment City is also an option for those looking for things to do in Eid, which features 75 games, 40 food outlets and a shopping Souq.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very blessed and happy Eid Al Adha!