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Eid al-Adha, the "Feast of Sacrifice," is a major holiday in the Islamic calendar that coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage. This holiday is a commemoration of the spiritual experience of Prophet Abraham, when in a recurring dream his faith is put to test as he is asked to sacrifice his only son, Ismael. When Abraham is finally ready, he shares the dream with his son. The young lad hears the calling and is thus named Ismael, "the one who hears God's calling." When both father and son are ready for the actual sacrifice, the angel Gabriel places a ram in front of Abraham instead, which he proceeds to sacrifice.
Muslims carry on this tradition by making animal sacrifices to share with family and friends and to feed the poor. This is how the festive season of the Eid al-Adha is celebrated!