Eid al-Adha is one of the two major Muslim festivals, the other one being Eid al-Fitr, and this is the time when Muslims everywhere will use Eid al-Adha greetings. Muslims all around the world celebrate this festival.
Much like Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha is distinguished by the performance of communal prayer on the morning of the first day. This holiday is also called the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’. During the three-day celebrations, Muslims will gather to honour the Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah with gifts, feasts and if they can afford it, a sacrifice of a ritually acceptable animal. The meat from the sacrificed animal is then equally divided between the family, friends and neighbours and the poor. Eid al-Adha is a time for visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts; that is where greetings come into the picture.
There are specific phrases Muslims use and they can differ depending on what country you are in. Furthermore, there are other ways to greet someone at Eid al-Adha, with different greetings, quotes, and wishes.
Eid al-Adha Greetings
Eid al-Adha greetings are extremely common as they go hand in hand with this holiday’s celebrations. And it is not only Muslims who use them. Non-Muslims will sometimes greet Muslims in their communities and or friends of theirs. Therefore, it is extremely important to know exactly what is proper to say and all the different greetings according to the different countries. There are three primary ways in which Muslims will wish a Happy Eid. One of them is ‘Eid Mubarak’. However, in the Middle East, it is more common to hear the phrases ‘Eid Saeed’ and ‘Kul ‘aam wa antum bi’khair’ which are Arabic greetings. These phrases mean ‘Happy Celebration’ and ‘May I find you well and in good health every year’ respectively. The differences in exchanges between the different countries come from the fact that most Muslims around the world adapt to their respective culture and language. Therefore, some of the differences come from the fact that there are variations of the phrase in different languages. However, the meaning behind these phrases will still be the same as that of ‘Eid Mubarak’. Let’s look at language variations in different countries.
- Malay – In Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore the language of Malay is spoken. People who live in these communities are known to replace ‘Eid Mubarak’ with ‘Selamat Hari Raya’ which directly translates to ‘Happy Celebrations Day’.
- Albanian – People that are a part of the Mulsim community in Albania use ‘Gezuar Bajramin’ for ‘Eid Mubarak’. This phrase is commonly used in the other two Muslim countries in Europe, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.
- Ghanian – Muslims make up 20% of the Ghanaian population. There, people celebrate with the phrase ‘Ni ti yuun’ palli’. This phrase is a way for them to wish each other a ‘Happy Eid’. However, in northern Ghana, where the language is Hausa, you can also hear the phrase ‘Barka da sallah’.
- Chinese – China has roughly 28 million Muslims in its population. During the period of this festival, the most common alternative to ‘Eid Mubarak’ is ‘Kai zhai jie kuai le’ which translates to ‘Happy Festival’.
- Kurdish – In the Middle East, Kurdish is one of the most common languages and that is why Kurdish Eid greetings are often used in Iraq and Iran. The greeting they use is ‘Jazhnt Piroz’, which translates to ‘Happy Eid’.
- Russian – This is another case where Muslims take up a great number of a country’s population. The country in question is Russia. That is where 20 million Muslims call home. It is very common for someone to hear ‘Id Mubarak’ greetings, which translate to ‘Blesses/Happy Festivals’.
- Spanish – Muslims finding themselves living in Spain or Latin America could exchange the greeting ‘Feliz Eid’, which translates to ‘Happy Eid’. However, even though, that is the case, there are still other Muslims who would much rather use the traditional ‘Eid Mubarak’.
Even though the different countries will use different phrases according to their respective languages, the meaning behind them will always be the same which is ‘Eid Mubarak’.
Eid al-Adha Wishes and Messages
As discussed above, there are other ways to wish someone a ‘Happy Eid’ and it is not only by the traditional greetings. When exchanging gifts during the three-day festival and visiting friends and family it is very common to exchange greeting cards as well. These greeting cards will include well wishes and messages appropriate for the occasion. We will now take a look at the different well wishes and messages you can give someone based on whether they are family, friends or children.
- May all your dreams come true, and may you cherish every second of this blessed festival. Wishing you a happy Eid al-Adha with all my heart.
- On this auspicious occasion of sacrifice and devotion, may Allah bless you with everything you desire. Eid Mubarak!
- In the true spirit of Eid al-Adha, I wish that your sacrifices and prayers are accepted by Allah. Eid Mubarak!
- May you and your loved ones be blessed with success and happiness today and forever. Eid al-Adha Mubarak!
- Sending you the warmest of wishes this Eid al-Adha and hoping that it brings every joy and happiness your way.
- I wish all the very best to you and your loved ones. May Allah grant you a prosperous and harmonious life! Eid al-Adha Mubarak Mubarak.
- I wish that you have a blessed Eid, which inspires you with strength and courage that help you overcome every obstacle in life. A very happy Eid al-Adha to you!
- Eid al-Adha is a blessed festival that spreads the message of togetherness and brotherhood. May you be blessed by Allah with loads of happiness in life. Happy Eid!
- May this Eid al-Adha bring all the happiness in the world to you, and may you keep growing wiser every day! Eid Mubarak!
Quotes for Eid Mubarak Cards
- ‘I put my trust in Allah, my Lord, and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path’. – Quran 11:55-56
- ‘O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace [Islam]. Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy to you’. – Koran: 2, 208
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