Experiencing Eid Al-Adha At Its Finest in Zanzibar!

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Eid al-Adha is referred to as the ‘Sacrifice Feast’ resulting from the sacrifice of an animal. This is in commemoration of an event that took place a while back.

History Behind Eid al-Adha

Let’s just do a little time travel to know what exactly took place.

Just about some 1000+ years back; Allah decided to test the love and faith of his dear Prophet Ibrahim by asking him to sacrifice his son; Ismael’s life for him. Without a blink (I know, hard for me to digest as well!), Ibrahim surrendered to the will of Allah even though this was the hardest decision for him to make. However, on seeing the devotion, Allah then decided that he could not allow for a child to be sacrificed. instead, he asked for the sacrifice of an animal. And that is the short back story to the tradition that is still carried on today!

It is also believed that ‘Mecca’ was made after Ibrahim to honor the sacrifice that he was willing to give in the name of faith. Eid al-Adha is commemorated in the month when the biggest pilgrimage of ‘Hajj’ takes place. I would like to say that an occurrence like this was happened and was made to be known to spread the religion.

How to Celebrate Eid al-Adha

In order to familiarise yourself about this religious festival,why not among the Muslims? In this way, you can acquire firsthand knowledge from them.

Eid al-Adha in Tanzania will be celebrated on Friday, 1st September 2017. The perfect occasion to spend the 3-day weekend in Zanzibar where there is a majority of Muslim population with the largest tribute across the country! Take advantage of the Jumia Travel deals to live up this festival and the long-weekend!

Eid al-Adha in Zanzibar

Zanzibar having the highest number of Muslims and mosques in Tanzania, the day starts with the morning prayers where the prayer call reaches to everyone around! After prayers and greetings, next is the act of sacrificing that takes place where all the men usually go and either sacrifice one or even more sometimes! The meat is then to be divided into parts; one for the family, another for the neighbor and some to be given out to the needy.

Places to Eat on Eid al-Adha 

You will see Zanzibar Town bustling unlike any other day. Of course, what’s an Eid without ‘Biryani’ and ‘Pilau’ right!

Biryani: One of the most famous Eid delicacies

Serving some scrumptious variety of food in Stone Town is Lukmaan Restaurant, it is already famous with tourists and locals so during Eid al-Adha, the food offering is even more special. With that, the night food market at Forodhani Gardens which happens every evening is also a good spot to catch barbecued fresh meat cuts to hog on to.

Where to Stay

The west coast of Zanzibar has uncrowded beaches that are great for a private escapade as well as experiencing Eid al-Adha in the fishing village.

Beautiful restaurant nestled quietly by Zanzibar beach

You can also book cheap accommodation around Stone Town to experience Eid al-Adha with the Zanzibaris!

This Eid is not particularly a celebration like the Eid after the holy month of Ramadhan but it has its own events and traditions.

By: Fatema Ismailjee

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