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    This festival is the most important and holiest for Muslims, The Feast of the Sacrifice. It occurs at the end of the Haj on the tenth day of Zul Hijja or Dhul-hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic year and coincides with the pilgrimage to Mecca. After the excitement of the Haj, Meccans are content to celebrate this day fairly quietly.

    This festival celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael on God's orders. Throughout this festival Muslims must make a record of their willingness to sacrifice what they hold dear in order to carry out God's commands.

    It is celebrated on the anniversary of the day when the Qur'an, God's revelation through the Prophet Muhammad was finally declared complete. It is also marked by the wearing of one's best clothes and prayer at the mosque. Muslims sacrifice an animal and share the meat with their friends and relatives and the poor.

    This day is a public holiday and shops, offices and schools are closed.

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