Celebrating Eid al-Adha 2021

Celebrating Eid al-Adha 2021


Eid al-Adha, translates in Arabic to ‘Festival of the Sacrifice’, and is celebrated by Muslim communities in Australia and around the world for four days.

Eid-ul-Adha usually takes place after the Hajj, a scared pilgrimage, performed by Muslims at the holy mosque Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

It’s one of the holiest of days in the Muslim Calendar with Eid al-Adha being known as the ‘greater’ of the two festivals (Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha).

The celebration of Eid al-Adha honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Prophet Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, Allah provided a ram to sacrifice instead.

Each year, Muslims in Australia and around the world perform special arrangements for Eid al-Adha.

This year, based on moon sightings, Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on July 20 with the festival running over four days. Other Muslim communities will celebrate on July 21.

Traditionally, the act of Qurbani (animal sacrifice) occurs after prayers.

The Qurbani meat can then be divided into three equal portions; one-third is for family, one-third is for friends, and the final third is to be donated to those in need.

The ritual of morning prayers and the four days of feasting with family and friends is what is special about this festival. It’s also a time of giving.


Lamb Tagine with dates and apricots


The ‘Lamb Tangine’ is traditionally a Moroccan dish and popular during Eid al-Adha.

Other dishes to prepare for Eid al-Adha include the mouth watering Jordanian Mansaf, the Egyptan Fattah, the Pakistani and Indian Biryani and the Iraqi kebabs.

Click here for more recipes for Eid al-Adha.

This year, the Muslim community in Australia will be in celebrating at home especially in Sydney and Melbourne where the city is in lockdown due to rising COVID-19 and stay at home orders in place.

Where it is available, Muslims can be online to watch prayers streamed live.

Islam is the second biggest religion in Australia.

Keen to learn more or engage the Islamic communities in Australia? Contact our team at [email protected]

Dee Raghavan

Dee Raghavan is the Senior Manager, Engagement Marketing at CulturalPulse. She has a passion for writing, travelling and experiencing other cultures through sport, music, film, art and food. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]