Sundown tonight marked the start of Eid al-Adha (Eid-i Qurban for Persian speakers, and Kurban Bayramı for Turks), the Festival of the Sacrifice, which Muslims all over the world annually celebrate at the end of the Hajj. The celebration commemorates the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac on God’s orders, which should be familiar to anybody who’s read Genesis, though Muslims generally believe that it was Ishmael, not Isaac, who was to be sacrificed. Eid Mubarak to my Muslim readers (Bayramınız mübarek olsun if you’re Turkish).
You can read more about the festival’s customs and traditions here, and if you’re (randomly) interested in what vegetarians do during a celebration that is really organized around the consumption of meat, you can read about that here.
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