No matter what faith they come from, religious holidays provide important opportunities to step back from day-to-day life: to reflect, to remember, and to reaffirm. We’ve collected a list of religious holidays across the Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu faiths. The Holiday below is the next major religious holiday in our queue – so you can either celebrate today, or get ready in advance with our list of all religious holidays!
Eid al-Adha is the Muslim holy day that honors the sacrifice Ibrahim (Abraham) was willing to make in obedience to God’s command: the life of his beloved son Isaac. But when Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God —impressed with Ibrahim’s faith — provided a sacrificial ram in the boy’s place. Muslims now celebrate this event by sharing a slaughtered animal in three parts: one part for themselves, one for their family, and the third part is given to the needy. We can all join in this spirit of sharing on this special day. The holiday begins on the evening of July 19 this year and ends on July 20.