Eid al-Adha 2016 is being celebrated across the world on 12 and 13 September.
Due to the prevailing confusion, many schools and offices in Delhi/NCR remained closed on Monday, 12 September. However, over the weekend, some educational institutes and offices shifted their holiday on 13 September. Earlier, Eid al-Adha was expected to fall on 11 September, on the anniversary World Trade Centre terrorist attacks. Security has been beefed up across the world on the occasion of Eid.
Eid al-Adha is also known as 'Festival of the Sacrifice' or the 'Sacrifice Feast' or 'Bakr-Eid'. This day marks the end of Hajj - the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. The festival also symbolises Ibrahim's devotion to Allah.
The date of the festival is calculated according to the lunar calender - when new moon is sighted. While Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries are celebrating Eid al-Adha on 12 September, most Asian countries are celebrating the festival on 13 September.