Like elsewhere, American Muslims also begin the day with prayers, meet friends and family, exchange gifts. The well to do sacrifice lambs and share the meet with the less fortunate. Eid marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and is a 4 day festival. Gatherings, prayers and having feasts with halal meat is the common way to celebrate the event. It also brings forward an opportunity to meet with new and old acquaintances, friends and family from the same Muslim faith.
Islamic centers, funded by a wealthy muslim, will sponsor parties, where food and gifts are given to less fortunate people. To accommodate large number of people, several sessions of prayers are held. The festival is celebrated in grandeur in almost all the major cities of the country.
In New York City alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations are suspended. Beginning in 2016, New York City Public Schools will also remain closed on Eid. In Houston, Texas, the annual prayers are offered at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, organised by the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH).
Birmingham witnesses the largest congression of Muslims in Europe. In Eid Ul Fitr 2017, a record 106,000 Muslims attended the Birmingham event on June 25. It is fondly called the Pakistan of UK.
On the day of Eid, Men, women and children gathers for attending the morning prayer, or the special prayers for the day.
The main group prayer is held at Small Heath Park, which is expected to feature a large congregation of Muslims. The event will be held on September 1st. The date stands confirmed by Muslim officials in Birmingham.
Worshippers are asked to reach by 7.30am ready for salah (prayers) at 8.30am. The typical message is: One day, one location, one community. The congression ensures traffic congestion to and from the park, though there are special traffic management groups who try to ease the traffic flow. Most people aim to be there by 7.30am, so as to escape the traffic snarls. The event is set to end by noon.
If weather God plays foul, then prayers are shifted to local mosques. In this regard, the Green Lane Masjid has prayers at 8.30am, 9.30am and 10.30am.
Unlike the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr, there will be no stalls, refreshments. funfair, family activities or other festivities at the park. This ia prayer only affair.
Another Eid al-Adha celebration also takes place at Ward End Park in Birmingham, though at a much smaller scale. It also has far less congestion.
In Egypt, "Eid ul-Adha" has a greater significance than "Eid ul Fitr". Eid Ul Adha is better known as Eid el-Kibr in Egypt. The festival marks Prophet Ibraham's sacrifice of his son Ishmael before God. Pleased with this sacrifice, God replaced Abraham's son with a sheep and made the boy alive again. Apart from being a commemoration of this legendary incident, "Eid ul-Adha" also marks the end of the Hajj (the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) and thus, great importance is attached to the occassion. Referred to as "Eid el-Kbir" here, the festival is annually observed during the auspicious Islamic month of "Dhul Hijja".
During the days of the celebration, Muslims across the country wake up and head to their local mosques for their "salah" (prayer). This is followed by a sermon after which, people meet up with their friends and dear ones and wish each other "kol sana wa inta tayeb". Roughly translated, this means "I hope every year finds you well". Feasts are a highly anticipated aspect of Eid ul-Adha, as of Eid ul Fitr. All over the country, poor people look forward to this occassion as this is a time they can beef and mutton, freely provided to them by the wealthy and also by various charitable organizations.
Here Eid-ul Adha ('Id-ul Adha) is also known as "Kurbanir Eid" or "Bakri Eid". The occassion is observed here as both a religious and a festal one. Almost a month before the festival, preparations for Eid-ul Adha begins in earnest and each day leading to the occassion has local sweet shops, gift centres and cloth stores readying themselves with stuff lapped up by millions across the country. "Qurbani" or animal sacrifice is considered here by many as a "sunnah" (an obligatory religious performance). The animals picked to be slaughtered must be of a particular age and should not have any impairment, or the sacrifice is to be considered an imperfect one. While cows, goats and buffaloes are generally chosen for the rite, camels are also specially imported by some Bangladeshis for this purpose. The time of sacrifice begins right after the "namaz" (prayer ceremony) of the first day of Eid-ul Adha and continues up to the sunset of the next two/three days.
In Pakistan, Eid ul-Adha is a four-day event celebrated every year on the 10th day of the Islamic lunar month of "Dhul Hajji" (27th or 28th November as per Gregorian calendar). The festive days witness most local business houses and shops being closed. The occasion begins with a short prayer followed by a sermon. Every Pakistani who can afford it, sacrifice an animal in honour of the Almighty, distributing its meat to friends, family and the poor.