Come July 25, Saudi Arabia and all our Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world are celebrating Eid Al Adha 2020! This is like their New Year celebration and is really a big deal, especially in Saudi Arabia.
It is their Feast of the Sacrifice and is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. This honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. But, before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, an animal, usually a sheep, is sacrificed ritually and divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives.
This is also the first time to celebrate this holiday while there’s partial lockdown since there’s still pandemic around. Last Eid (post-Ramadan), the Kingdom was in total lockdown, not allowing relatives to celebrate all together to avoid the spread of the virus, which is an excellent initiative by the way. The Kingdom has started being more lenient given that the economy is suffering tremendously, I mean, that among many other reasons especially that most countries have already loosened their restrictions as well.
I am sure that the coming celebrations will be a struggle to many given that no one is used to this setup. I believe that there will be tighter protocols to follow, although the Government has not announced anything in particular yet, perhaps in the coming days. I wonder what happens this year.
This video is an example of Eid Al-fitr fireworks display in 2019 and in the same year, the Kingdom has opened Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to tourists from different parts of the world especially entering through purchase of concert tickets and shows. Long live Riyadh Season!!!
I know of people who have been long curious how Saudi Arabia is and have actually taken advantage of the opportunity to visit and tour! They’re curious about the lifestyle, the culture, whether it is really that strict here or are we just exaggerating? If they were to judge the current scenario well then we could all be inventing stories of the past! Because Saudi Arabia today is quite different. Pictures of women with some skin showing is now being permitted on display vs the past where store owners have to darken them with black markers. In the past, you cannot take photos in public or else, your camera may be confiscated or destroyed however today, most Snap Chatters are from Saudi Arabia. I mean, things are now so different.
Back to Riyadh Season, several artists came here and it was a blast! I have blogged how I have watched BSB concert in Jeddah in June 2019. For the first time in Saudi Arabian history, we saw celebrities in action, open to public with expensive tickets though. Food festivals were opened, cinemas has become a normal thing, and Saudi life has totally changed!
Unfortunately, I don’t see anything grand in the coming days due to the pandemic, although come to think of it, budget to be spent there can be reallocated towards food and healthcare respectively.
Life has totally changed.
Uggh, pandemic sucks. BUT THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
A great reminder from the Lord:
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.
– Mark 10:27