Eid Al-Kabir (Festival of Sacrifice)
Fast approaching is one of the most important holidays on the Muslim calendar. This year 2016, Eid Al-Adha, also referred to as Eid Al-Kabir – the “Big Holiday” – because of its tremendous significance, will take place on Monday 12 September, and generally lasts for 3 days.
Eid Al-Adha translates to “Festival of Sacrifice” and commemorates the prophet Abraham’s willingness to obey God when he envisioned he was to sacrifice his son.
Muslims observe this day by slaughtering an animal – usually a sheep, goat or cow – according to humane Islamic guidelines, and then offering much of its meat in charity.
It’s a fascinating time to stay in a Marrakech riad and witness the local culture – there’s a sense of excitement in the air, especially among the Marrakechi children, who also receive new clothes for the festival. During this time you can savour some of the most delicious Moroccan lamb dishes.
The 12 September, 2016 will be a national holiday. Apart from the Majorelle Garden which opens 365 days of the year – the souks, monuments and tourist sites of interest will be closed on the morning of 12 September. Monuments will re-open in the afternoon. Parts of the souks may remain closed for several days as a lot of Moroccans tend to take an extended break to visit family outside of the city where they live.