Eid ul Adha 2024 date for UK confirmed after local moonsighting

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Dates for Eid ul Adha 2024 have now been confirmed for the UK after local moon sightings across the country.

Eid ul-Adha means the Festival of Sacrifice and is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar. It is one of two Eids celebrated by Muslims around the world.

It's customary to look for the first crescent of the new moon on the 29th day of the month, which will vary by a day between different nations and sometimes within the same country. From the moon sighting, the first day of Eid al-Adha will be declared and this year it is confirmed to start on Monday, June 17 in the UK.

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This year Eid ul adha starts on June 16 -Credit:PA Media

As reported by BirminghamLive, the UK-based dates are one day later than the date announced by Saudi Arabia, named as Sunday June 16. London Fatwa Council, which offers legal advice and counselling in accordance with Islamic law, posted pictures of the crescent moon seen above Luton and Walthamstow.

What is Eid ul Adha?

Celebrations for Eid ul Adha last for three days. Being called the festival of sacrifice, Eid ul Adha includes a sacred act of worship. known as Qurbani.

This can be in the sacrifice of an animal like a sheep or goat to remember the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah, but instead, he was made to sacrifice a ram.

For many these days, Qurbani often takes the form of a donation to a relief organisation. The relief organisation will then use the money to help people in poverty-stricken areas of the world by donating them meat so that they can partake in Eid celebrations too.

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