Thousands of Muslims are expected to throng the Regional Stadium in Nyamirambo today for prayers that commence the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha.
Eid ul-Adha, or the Corban Festival, is one of their major Islamic festivals. Muslims all over the world are celebrating the festival of sacrifice, one of the most important holidays in Islam.
Eid ul-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, by Muslims worldwide.
Ten days before Eid begins, Muslims fast and break the fast at sunset each day.
The day which is commonly known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is celebrated in honour of the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God.
Part of the celebration is sharing a meal with the needy people and offering assistance in various ways, including alms.
This is the second Eid festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
The first is Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadhan. The faithful celebrated it in August. For 30 days, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, breaking their fast each day at dusk.