When will Eid Al Adha & Arafat Day 2018 fall in Kuwait?
Ramadan & Eid al Fitr are two weeks behind u, and if you're anything like us, you're probably already counting down to the next public holiday - EId Al Adha.The second Eid is not that far away and will be one of the holiest days of the year for Muslims around the world.
Eid al-Adha - sometimes written as Eid ul Adha and also known as Greater Eid - is actually the more holy of the two events.
So when is Eid al-Adha and what is it all about?
When is Eid al-Adha 2018?
Kosovar children wearing traditional Albanian outfits attend Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in Pristina, Kosovo, on Friday, September 1, 2017 (Image: AP)
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The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle so official sightings of the crescent moon determine the end of one month and the start of the next.
It also means that dates are not in sync with the sun-based Western calendar. So the dates of Muslim festivals do not stay the same but drift back by 11 days a year.
Whereas Eid al-Fitr comes at the start of the month of Shawwal (after the end of Ramadan), Eid al-Adha is towards the middle of a month.
It starts on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and final month in the Islamic calendar.
Eid al-Adha lasts until the 13th day of the month.
The Sharjah Centre for Astronomy & Space Sciences, in the United Arab Emirates, believes Eid al-Adha will start on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 .
However, according to the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia, Eid al-Adha will begin on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 .
The exact date will be confirmed nearer the time by a sighting of the moon.
In 2016, Eid al-Adha was on September 12, in 2017 it was on September 1, which shows how it drifts back through the year.
A decade from now, Eid al-Adha will be at the start of May.
When is the Day of Arafat?
Muslims take part in Eid Al-Adha prayers, in Naples, southern Italy, on Friday, September 1, 2017 (Image: ANSA)
On the ninth day of the month and just ahead of the Eid festival is what’s known as the Day of Arafat.
In 2018, the Day of Arafat is expected to start on the evening of Monday, August 20, and end on the evening of Tuesday, August 21.
The Day of Arafat is on the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and on the day before Eid al-Adha.
All Muslims must go on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lives. This journey is what's known as the Hajj.
Worshippers carry out a series of rituals at Mecca including gathering for prayers for a day on the plain of Arafah, near Mount Arafat.
They pray to be forgiven for all their sins committed over the preceding year and the coming year.
Those not carrying out the pilgrimage are expected to fast instead in order to earn the same forgiveness.
This is said to be the most important day of the Hajj.
What is Eid al-Adha?
Muslims sit on top of trains as they travel to their hometowns for Eid al-Adha in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, September 1, 2017 (Image: AP)
Eid al-Adha means Festival/Feast of the Sacrifice.
It marks the date when Ibrahim was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to show his devotion.
Ibrahim was about to go ahead with the sacrifice when he was given a lamb to slaughter instead.
It’s similar to the Christian and Jewish accounts in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
The story illustrates devotion to Allah and willingness to accept the command of the Almighty.
How Is It celebrated?
Muslim men, women and children are expected to dress in their best clothes and perform Eid prayers outdoors in a large congregation - or, if it's raining, in their local mosque.
The day begins with a prayer service in which Muslims recite from the Qur'an, followed by a brief sermon.
Muslims then embrace and exchange greetings (such as 'Eid Mubarak'), give gifts to children, and visit friends and relatives.
What Else Happens?
Muslims pray to mark the first day of Eid al-Adha at the main square in Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, on Friday, September 1, 2017 (Image: AP)
Muslims typically perform a full body-washing ritual - called ghusl - before going to the prayers.
As part of this festival, Muslims traditionally sacrifice domestic animals - usually a sheep, goat or cow - to represent the sacrifice in the original story, if they can afford to do so.
A third of the meat is kept by the family, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours, and the final third to the poor and needy.
Large family gatherings are often organised, where the sacrificial meat is served.
Muslims often go shopping for new Eid clothes a few days before the celebrations.
Is Eid al-Adha and Arafat Day Public Holidays?
Children playing with ballons as Indonesian Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on September 1, 2017 (Image: Getty Images AsiaPac)
Eid is a holiday in Muslim majority countries.
In Kuwait it is expected that a long weekend will be in store, with the private sector off from the 21st August until the 26th August.
However, dates of these holidays will be confirmed nearer the time.