Tehran (IP) - Muslims in Iran are preparing to celebrate the momentous religious occasion of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) on Sunday, which marks in honor the Islamic imperative of self-abnegation.

Iran PressIran News: Millions of Muslims in Iran and many other Muslim countries worldwide celebrate the significant religious occasion of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice). 

The occasion falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah on the lunar calendar every year.

Muslims traditionally celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the most noteworthy religious festivities, with the sacrifice of animals such as sheep, rams, goats and cattle and offer votive food to the poor and their fellow Muslims.

The act commemorates Prophet Abraham’s acceptance of a divine order to sacrifice his son, Ismail. Just before sacrificing his son, God provided Prophet Abraham with a ram to sacrifice instead after he successfully passed the divine test.

Iranians celebrate the occasion on Sunday, while in some other Muslim countries, the celebrations began today, Saturday, and people marked the historical development by holding festive congregations at mosques and other religious centers and will continue to do so over the next few days. 

The occasion also forms the high point of ongoing Hajj rituals, which are being observed by Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. The Hajj pilgrims are religiously mandated to perform the sacrifice and distribute offerings among the needy.

Scores of Iranians are expected to attend Eid al-Adha prayers in mosques across the country after the COVID restrictions have been lifted to a large extent as the number of new COVID-related deaths were zeroed. During the pandemic, the Eid prayers were held with strict adherence to physical distancing and other safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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