1-4 September – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)*
At the end of the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca), Muslims from all over the world celebrate the holiday known as the Eid al-Adha or Festival of the Sacrifice. This is most often considered to be the most important Muslim feast and is a four-day public holiday in Muslim countries.
This festival commemorates, on one hand, the obedience of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) when he was ordered to sacrifice his son Is’mail (Ishmael). Ibrahim proved his love and devotion to Allah by showing his willingness to follow Allah’s instructions.