I know that Christians have special celebrations and so do Muslims. One of them is called Eid Al Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice.
Eid Al Adha is celebrated to remember what happened with one of the Muslim prophets whose name was Ibrahim (or Abraham), and his son. Of course this was a very long time ago, so here is the story and what happened:
The Prophet Ibrahim saw
while he was sleeping that God had asked him to kill his son as a sacrifice to
God. God tells some special prophets
when he wants them to do something.
He was a really great prophet and believed in God, and knew that what God asks is only for the good. He told his son about the dream and his son said, you are a great man and what you do is for the good so you may kill me .The Prophet Ibrahim put his son on the floor and tried to kill him, but it wouldn't work! The knife wouldn't cut his son.
All of a sudden a sheep from God appeared to the prophet and suddenly he knew that God was asking him not to kill his son, but instead to kill the sheep.
This is why during Eid Al Adha many Muslims who can afford to, will still sacrifice a sheep as a reminder of Abraham's obedience to God. Don't worry, the meat is shared by family and given to the poor.
During Eid Al Adha many Muslims may travel, like I said in my other post, but usually they
go to hajj. Hajj is the special pilgrimage that Muslims make at this time. Muslims
go to Mecca Al Mukaramah in
The photo I have added is of my great grandfather (my mother's grandfather) when he was at the hajj. We think it was taken about 30 years ago or so.It's a really cool photo because you can see the Kaaba clearly behind him. It looks like a black cube. He is wearing a white thobe (see my traditional costumes post) and in his hand he is holding a prayer mat.
And also when there is any celebration, Muslims usually go and visit family and have a big lunch, which is usually a huge mansaf (see my post about food!!) Children get toys and money and new clothes and loads of sweets!
Actually Eid Al Adha is coming up in about two days so Happy Eid to all!!