Chad is a country 55 percent Muslim and 40 percent Christian, and both Christian and Muslim holidays are found on the country’s annual holiday calendar. One of the most important of these festivities to Muslims is Aïd el-Kebir, the “Feast of Sacrifice”.
|2020||31 Jul||Fri||Aïd el-Kebir|
|1 Aug||Sat||Aïd el-Kebir Holiday|
|2021||20 Jul||Tue||Aïd el-Kebir|
Aïd el-Kebir is a time when Muslims in Chad will attend special mosque services, spend extra time in prayer and reading the Koran, sacrifice an animal in remembrance of Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice Ishmael in obedience to Allah, give a portion of the meat to the poor, and spend time feasting and celebrating with family.
It is understood that a goat was sacrificed in place of Ishmael, and therefore tradition is that a goat would be sacrificed for Aïd el-Kebir. However cows, sheep, and other animals are also considered acceptable sacrifices.