Eid al-Adha or “the Festival of Sacrifice” commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. Celebrated from sundown to sundown, Muslim New Yorkers will often wear traditional clothing and spend much time in prayer. The holiday is observed on the public school calendar and there are many mosques throughout town where you may participate in worship, such as the Malcolm Shabazz Cultural Center and Mosque (pictured) in Harlem. The most traditional observance of the Feast of Sacrifice involves sacrificing an animal for meat and giving it to family, friends, and the poor. Many who are not quite so “hands-on” will simply donate money to help fund a sacrifice. This holiday also marks the end of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that each Muslim must make at least once in his/her life.
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