Eid Mubarak translates as Blessed Celebration.
Today is the beginning of a holiday for people who celebrate the Muslim faith that is called Eid al-Adah. In English it is called Feast of the Sacrifice. It is celebrated to honor when Abraham was called by Allah to sacrifice the son he had long waited for. When Abraham was about to carry this out, Allah gave Abraham a ram to sacrifice instead. Now, this story should sound super familiar to those of your who are familiar with the Old Testament.
This holiday comes at the end of the Hajj, which is the religious journey Muslim families make to Mecca, which is in modern-day Saudi Arabia. It is a national holiday here in Kuwait as many of the families here make that journey.
The call to prayer happens five times daily. I can hear it when I am home here. Actually, it brings me comfort to hear it because I used to live across the street from a Mosque in New York City and so I heard it there too. Today’s call to prayer was even more meaningful because of the holiday. Many people walked from all over my neighborhood to the Mosque and it became so full that people spilled outside as you will see here in the video.
I really enjoyed learning about this holiday and getting to see it up close because, while it is a Muslim holiday, it is based on a story that is part of three major religions in the world: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
We are more alike than different.