It's one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar. Time Out gives you the ultimate guide to Eid
Time Out Bahrain staff
Just because you’re not getting on a plane doesn’t mean that you can’t have a holiday. We look at some of the best breaks within Bahrain: Wahooo! Waterpark, Bahrain: The launch of this much anticipated water park in the brand new City Centre Mall is something of an event on the island. Built by the same people responsible for Ski Dubai, Wahooo will be one of the Gulf’s biggest and most exciting water parks. www.wahooo.com.bh
Banyan Tree Al Areen: One of the country’s top resorts, overlooking Al Areen Wildlife Reserve, Banyan Tree Al Areen incorporates the best of Thailand with all the comforts of the Middle East. With private pool villas, a truly awesome hydrotherapy treatment centre and the second largest spa in the world, you know you deserve and extended stay. www.banyantree.com
Al Bander Resort: Who said Bahrain doesn’t have a decent beach? Al Bander Resort is a beachfront hideaway next to the Bahrain Yacht Club just 20 minutes from the city centre, and yet a million miles from work. www.albander.com
Bahrain International Beach Music Festival: One of the biggest Ibiza-style parties ever to hit the Middle East, with three days of music from some of the most respected DJs on the planet,.
Desert Camps: As the desert cools, the desert camping scene heats up. The ultimate Bahrain experience, the tents can be as luxury or as basic as you choose. Abdullah Muhanna can organise anything from a one night family excursion, to a corporate tented party. Call him on 39 817 997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Eid al-Adha?
During the Feast of the Sacrifice, known in Islam as Eid al-Adha, Muslims throughout the world celebrate the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj. Landing this year on approximately Friday November 27, celebrations will last three days (which, if you’re working, might well mean you are off work until the following Tuesday). During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham, the greatest of which was being commanded by Allah to kill his only son.
Upon hearing the command, Abraham prepared to submit to Allah’s will, demonstrating that his love for his Lord superseded all others. At this point, Allah revealed that ‘sacrifice’ was already fulfilled, and the son was spared. Traditionally, Muslims celebrate this day by slaughtering a sheep, camel or goat, keeping a third for themselves, giving a third to their families and donating a third to the poor.