ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Muslims celebrated the Eid-ul-Adha festival (festival of sacrifice) across the country on Wednesday (21) for the first time in almost two years, with mosques conducting festival prayers amid an ongoing third wave of COVID-19.
Prayer congregations are limited to just 100 people. Under normal circumstances, these prayers draw thousands of men and women.
Eid-ul-Adha falls on the tenth day of the final (twelfth) month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, Dhu-al-Hijjah.
Muslims in other parts of the world celebrated the festival on July 20 according to moon sightings.
Eid-ul-Adha is one of two important festivals celebrated by the Muslim community, the other being Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated at the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. Eid-ul-Adha, meanwhile, signifies Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to God.
The festival also falls a day after Muslims complete the annual Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca. (Colombo/Jul21/2021)