Aid el-Addha is both a public holiday and a major annual religious event that people in Djibouti look forward to. Muslims all over the world consider this to be the most important festival on the Islamic Calendar.
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For Aid el-Addha, many will wear new clothes, attend special mosque and prayer services early in the morning, spend the day visiting friends and family members, put on a big feast, and give money or food to help the poor afford a meat-based meal.
Those Muslims who are physically and financially able to do so may travel over across the Red Sea to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, on the “Hajj pilgrimage”, which is one of the “Five Pillars of Islam”.
This pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most Muslims, and it is an opportunity to follow the model of the Prophet Muhammad and commemorate the faithfulness of Ibrahim, who was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael – though Ishmael was ultimately saved.
A goat or ram was sacrificed instead, according to the Koran, and many Muslims will sacrifice an animal for Aid el-Addha to represent that “replacement sacrifice”.