The first day for Eid Al Adha 2015 has been confirmed as Thursday, September 24.
The moon sighting committee in Saudi Arabia met on Sunday night to decide, according to reports from the kingdom.
Wednesday, September 23 will be Arafat Day.
Although the details of public and private sector holidays have not been announced, in previous years, the private sector paid holiday for Eid Al Adha has started on Arafat Day.
An announcement on public and private sector holidays is expected in the next few days.
Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ʿīd al-aḍḥā meaning “Festival of the sacrifice”), also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, the “Major Festival”, the “Greater Eid”, is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son, Ishmael (Ismail)a, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened, through his angel Jibra’il and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted.
Muslims who can afford to, sacrifice their best halal domestic animals (usually a cow, a goat, a sheeop, but can also be a camel) as a symbol of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son.
The sacrificed animals, called aḍḥiya (Arabic: أضحية, also known by its Persian term, Qurbāni), have to meet certain age and quality standards or else the animal is considered an unacceptable sacrifice.
The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy. Though the division is purely optional wherein either all the meat may be kept with oneself or may be given away to poor or needy, the preferred method as per sunnah of Muhammad is dividing it in three parts.
In order to avoid to kill to many animals, up to 7 families can sacrifice one animal.