Hari Raya Haji

Hari Raya Haji

When is Hari Raya Haji 2024?

Hari Raya Haj i/ Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha, also recognized as the Festival of Sacrifice or Feast of Sacrifice, celebrates accomplishment. Eid al-Adha also reminds of a time when Ibrahim (Abraham) was willing to sacrifice his son for God according to Islamic belief.

The United States government announced postage stamps to honor Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. The purpose of these postage stamps is to shed light on the trade, educational, and social contributions made by Muslims in the United States.

How do People celebrate Eid al-Adha?

Many Muslims commemorate Eid al-Adha with prayers and social functions in the United States. Eid al-Adha services can invite thousands of Muslims in several locations such as Chicago (Illinois) and Orlando (Florida). Many Muslims from different heritages, including Pakistan, as well as Eastern European and African countries, wear traditional clothes and share their national cuisine. It is a moment for prayer, sharing food, handing out gifts, and greeting each other.

At the time of Eid al-Adha, they plan a tour from Hajj to Saudi Arabia's Mecca, which Muslims required to execute at least once in their lives. Eid al-Adha is also known because a feast because it traditionally sacrifices an animal permitted for food (e.g., lamb) as an act of thanksgiving to God's mercy. Some Muslims look for a field where they can make sacrifices, but many people send money to their birthplace to make sacrifices. Eid al-Adha continues for three days and is a time to ask God for mercy.

Is Eid al-Adha an official holiday?

In the United States, Eid al-Adha is not an official public holiday. All the schools, organizations, banks, stores, and businesses remain open. But, some Islamic organizations may close or reduce their service time, and there may be some local traffic nearby mosques. In New York City, public schools have a holiday on this day.

Eid al Adha Facts

  • Unlike regular prayer, prayer for Eid al-Adha occurs in any large, open field. There, Muslims from many mosques assemble in one place. Typically, mosques collaborate to find an area that is convenient for everyone to visit. In the United States, Eid prayers often take place in parks.
  • The celebration begins with a prayer service, followed by a short lecture on the morning of the first day. During the Namaz, Muslims recite verses from the Quran, led by an Imam, bow to God, and send their peace to Muhammad and Abraham.
  • Since the festival takes place immediately after the day of Arafah, many people going on pilgrimages celebrate it in Mina (Saudi Arabia), where thousands of animals killed for sacrifice.
  • A ritual for Muslims to perform a body wash before walking to the place of prayer is called "ghusl." It is following the tradition of Prophet Mohammad.

Hari Raya Haji Observances

Year Date Day Holiday
2023 28 Jun Wed Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
2022 10 Jul Sun Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
2021 20 Jul Tue Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
2020 25 Sep Fri Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
2019 12 Aug Mon Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha

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June 16, 2024

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