Eid – ul – Zuha falls about two months and nine days after Eid – ul – Fitr. On this occasion Muslims who can, go on pilgrimage to Mecca. This pilgrimage is known as Haj. On Eid – ul – Zuha Muslims offer goats or sheep in sacrifice to God.
This commemorates the attempted sacrifice by the Prophet Abraham of his son Ishmael, which was commanded by God to test the faith of Abraham. But when Abraham was about to kill his own son, God performed a miracle and substituted a ram in place of Ishmael. Eid – ul – Zuha celebrates this great act of sacrifice.
As on Eid – ul – Fitr, on Eid – ul – Zuha also additional recitations are added to the morning prayer and people embrace each other in offering felicitations. Then they offer whatever animal they can afford by way of sacrifice. The flesh of the sacrificed animal is given to the poor and needy. Eid – ul – Zuha is , therefore, also known as Eid – ul – Kurban (the Eid of sacrifice). On this Eid also children are given eidee, but they are not nearly as excited over this Eid as they are over Eid – ul – Fitr.
There is yet another Eid known as Eid – Miladun – Nabi which commemorates the birthday of the holy Prophet Mohammed