If you are staying in the country for the holidays you are up for a lot of fun. Here is what’s happening during Eid Al Adha.
Eid Al Adha is the largest Muslim holiday, and Qatar knows how to celebrated properly. In particular, the Eid Al Adha Festival in Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra will be giving an unforgettable holiday experience for both young and old.
Both Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra, two of Qatar’s most popular tourist destinations, will be hosting this year’s Eid Al Adha Festival. Starting on Friday September 1, the first day of Eid, the festival will run from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM for five days.
At Souq Waqif, a large air-conditioned tent with games and shows for children will be set up in the western square of the market. The celebration program includes a number of cultural and artistic events, such as fine arts and traditional artistic performances, Director of Souq Waqif Mohammed Al Salem told QNA.
About half an hour away across the city, Souq Al Wakra will be also be setting up a huge festivities tent filled with activities and games that require creativity. But the highlight will be the special opening of Al Wakra Beach for families in celebration of Eid, stated Director of Souq Al Wakra Khalid Saif Al Suwaidi.
Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) is the second of the two Muslim holidays, and is considered the holier of the two. It honors and commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) dedication and obedience to God’s command, and willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael).
According to holy scriptures, God intervened before Ibrahim sacrificed his son and sent him a sheep instead. The narration is the origin of the Muslim ritual of sacrificing a sheep and donating its meat to the less fortunate on the first day of Eid.
Leading up to Eid Al Adha, millions of Muslims from around the world travel to the Holy city of Mecca to perform the Hajj pilgrimage.