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What and when is Eid-ul-Adha?

Eid-ul-Adha is one of the highlights of the Islamic calendar and is the second in a series of annual celebrations for Muslims, marking the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. This year, it is due to be celebrated by Muslims across the globe on the 31st of July.

The festivities usually start in the morning through the offering of congregational prayers hosted in mosques or outdoor spaces. After prayers have been concluded, Muslims celebrate the rest of the day in accordance with the diverse range of cultures and traditions as reflected across the Muslim world. This is usually in the form of family visits, events in local parks or community centres, days out at theme parks and other similar excursions.

This year, due to Eid-ul-Adha occurring during the COVID-19 recovery phase, this guidance provides key considerations for NHS staff celebrating Eid-ul-Adha.

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