The ĎFestival of Pilgrimageí is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah. It marks the completion of the Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca. The Eid-Al-Adha is an occasion for
religious intensification, in particular in recollection of certain fundamental events in Islamic religious history:
the reuniting of Adam and Eve or alternatively the Father and Mother of Mankind; the call by the Prophet Abraham (lbrahim) to all believers to visit the
Kaaba that he had rebuilt. But in particular, the festival commemorates the readiness of Abraham, the great Patriarch from whom the Arabs and the Jews claim descent, to obey Codís commands even to the extent of
sacrificing his son lsmaŽl. At Godís command, Abraham was about to immolate his beloved son, but at the last minute Cod acknowledged Abrahamís obedience and sent a sheep to be sacrificed instead. 1t emphasizes the
importance of obedience and sacrifice in the performance of Codís commands. It also symbolizes the spirit of sacrifice and dedication that should inspire every Muslim in his relationship with fellow-Muslims and
other fellow human beings. It provides an occasion for believers to give part of their wealth to the poor. It is an occasion not only of great rejoicing but also of great charity.
The celebration begins with the usual bath, after which members of the family, including relatives, seek each otherís forgiveness or pardon. A special
congregational prayer is held at the mosque and the spirit of Abrahamís sacrifice is recalled.