Eid al-Adha, or “the Feast of Sacrifice,” is one of the most important Muslim holidays and is marked with public holidays in Qatar.
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The Eid al-Adha observance is in remembrance of the Koranic account of the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael on an alter in obedience to Allah’s command. Having passed the test, a ram was provided to Ibrahim to sacrifice in place of his son.
Eid al-Adha follows the other of the two most important Muslim holidays, Eid al Fitr, by 70 days, and lasts for four days straight, beginning on the 10th day of the final month of the Islamic calendar.
Observances include early morning prayers in the nearly 300 mosques and prayer areas throughout Qatar, wearing a newly bought change of clothes, attending special services at the mosques, going on Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca to fulfil Islamic law, and sacrificing animals such as cattle, goats, or sheep. The food from the sacrifices is consumed in large family feasts, and a third of it is usually donated to the poor.
Qatari government workers often get five days off around Eid al-Adha, and private-sector employees generally get three days off. Schools will be closed for most of the period. Most banks will be closed, but certain banks, typically in the shopping malls, will be open on certain days during the period, if with shortened hours.