For nearly 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, today marks the beginning of Eid Al-Adha.

Celebrated at the conclusion of the Hajj pilgrimage, Eid Al-Adha signals the beginning of the ritual Udhiya, also known as Qurbani.

Throughout history, Eid Al-Adha has been a time to remember the story of Ibrahim AS and to come together as family and friends to rejoice and rekindle relationships. However, like so many events, holidays and gatherings impacted by COVID-19, Eid will look slightly different this year.

Like the Islamic holiday Eid Al-Fitr in May, which followed the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are being encouraged to take precautions and alter the way Eid is observed this year between July 30 and August 3.

Traditionally, Eid day starts by gathering at a mosque in the morning to take part in Eid prayers however, due to Stage 3 restrictions enforced in the Melbourne and Mitchell Shire Council areas, many will not have access to their place of worship.

The Huddle’s Social Cohesion Coordinator Nasteha Mohamud said while celebrations will look different this year, the community spirit is inspiring.

“This year, Eid is a little different. We are not able to pray together or visit one another. But it is great to see the sacrifices that everyone is making to help stop the spread of COVID-19. I will be spending my Eid with my family. So, from my family to yours, Eid Mubarak.”

The Huddle would like to take this moment to wish all blessed Eid Mubarak and to acknowledge the difficult time for those friends and families who cannot gather today for celebration.

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