United States of America

Offering prayers and social gathering is a common way of celebrating Eid-ul-Adha by the Muslims of United States in spite the fact that it is not a federal public holiday. Islamic organizations are either closed or offer reduced level of services on Eid-ul-Adha. In various places where Muslims are in majority Eid-ul-Adha services can attract thousands of Muslims. Wearing traditional clothes and sharing national dishes are a common practice during Eid-ul-Adha for Muslims belonging to North Africa, Pakistan and Eastern Europe. Eid-ul-Adha is a time for prayer, handing out gifts, sharing meals and wishing one another well. Rarely people seek out farms and carry out sacrifice, most usually send money to their place of birth to help fund a sacrifice.


United Kingdom

Similarly, Eid-al-Adha is not a public holiday in the UK but some Muslims choose to take one or more days of annual leave at this time. The general practice among many Muslims in UK is to offer prayers at the mosque, listen to sermon about different aspects of Islam and Islamic history, wear new clothes and nice outfits, eat traditional meals and visit each other. Exchange of gifts and Eid greetings card is a normal practice among family members, children, friends and business associates. During Eid-ul-Adha Initiatives are taken to improve the quality of life or opportunities in Muslim communities around the United Kingdom. Some Muslims sacrifice a cow, goat or sheep in an official slaughter as per the Law in United Kingdom. The meat is divided between family, friends and the poor. Other Muslims give money to charity to help poorer families. Communal meats are arranged by Mosques or other groups. It is also a custom among UK Muslims to fund a sacrifice at their homeland and have it distributed to fried, family and poor.



Eid-al-Adha is celebrated in Muslim communities throughout Canada although it is not a nationwide public holiday. It is a time marked by Eid prayers, visit to family and friends, exchange of greetings and gifts and making donations to the poor and needy. The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) holds Eid festivals. During Eid festival number of events takes place like carnivals, shows, sport tournaments and various international cuisines, attended by thousands of people and key leaders. Some political figures publicly announce their best wishes Eid-al-Adha celebration.


Australia is home to nearly half a million Muslims and Islam is the country’s third largest religion yet Eid-al-Adha is not a nationwide public holiday in Australia. Some Islamic organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of services. Eid prayers in mosque, wearing new clothes, visiting family members and friends is customary among Muslims of Australia. Some traditional Muslim families or groups of families may purchase an animal usually a goat or sheep, to sacrifice, but this is not common or legal in Australia. Usually groups of people purchase huge chunks of meat from a butcher or slaughterhouse and divide it amongst them or for a communal meal on Eid-al-Adha. People also give money to enable poorer members of their local community and around the world to eat a meat-based meal. 

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