• Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj season 
  • It is observed by sacrificing a goat or a sheep
  • Part of the meal is distributed among the needy

Eid al-Adha or Bakrid, also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice", is celebrated by the Muslim community around the world. The festival will be celebrated in the United States on July 31 while countries like India will observe it the following day.

Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Hajj season (annual pilgrimage season), is observed by sacrificing a goat or a sheep and distributing a part of the meal among the needy.

Speaking to USA Today, Anna Bigelow, associate professor of religious studies at Stanford University, said how the festival is observed depends on where it is celebrated.

"For a lot of Muslims in the U.S., this may not mean sacrificing an animal themselves. Most American Muslims will sponsor the sacrifice to occur elsewhere. The meat and other products of the death of the animal are then dedicated to charitable purposes," Bigelow told the outlet.

Here are a few greetings to share with loved ones on this auspicious occasion, courtesy the Times of India -

  • On Eid al-Adha, wishing that your sacrifices are appreciated and your prayers are answered by the Almighty. Have a blessed Eid Al-Adha!
  • Allah Hu Akbar, Allah Hu Akbar, Allah Hu Akbar...Is your recipe your prayers on Eid al-Adha, May Allah bless you all and your wishes come true...Eid al-Adha Mubarak
  • On the Holy occasion of Eid al-Adha that celebrates the Hajj... May you be filled with happiness and may every step of your journey through life be blessed by Allah. Eid Mubarak!
  • Eid al-Adha Mubarak: It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: It is your piety that reaches him: he has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for his guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all who do right.
  • May the divine blessings of Allah bring you hope, faith, and joy on Eid al-Adha and forever. Happy Eid al-Adha!
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Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray on July 31, 2020. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images