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Eid ul Adha 2024: The meaning of the Hajj and its importance to Muslims

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One of the cornerstones of Islam, the Hajj, brings together millions of Muslims who go to Saudi Arabia once a year to participate in a series of religious rites and acts of worship. They immerse themselves in what can be a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual experience as they fulfil a religious obligation, giving them the opportunity to ask for God’s pardon and the erasure of past sins. This is an examination of the pilgrimage and its importance to Muslims.

HAJJ: WHAT IS IT?
The Hajj is the yearly Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which every Muslim who has the financial means and physical capacity to complete must do at least once in their lives. A number of Muslims travel there more than once. Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, in addition to the profession of faith, prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

HAJJ IS WHEN?
Every year, in the month of Dhul-Hijja, the Islamic lunar calendar’s 12th and last month, the Hajj takes place. This month is when Hajj will occur this year.

WHAT IS THE HAJJ’S IMPORTANCE TO MUSLIMS?
In addition to fulfilling a pilgrim’s religious duty, the Hajj is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime, profoundly spiritual event. It is viewed as an opportunity to become closer to God, ask for forgiveness for past transgressions, and follow in the prophets’ footsteps. In a communal sense, the Hajj brings Muslims from all walks of life together to perform religious rites and acts of worship at the same time and location. These Muslims come from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. That leaves many feeling a sense of unity, connection, humility and equality. Pilgrims also show up with their own personal appeals, wishes and experiences.

Many pilgrims carry requests for prayers to be offered on their behalf from friends and family. Some people save money and wait for permission to travel, while others spend years praying and hoping to do the Hajj. Before the coronavirus pandemic interrupted religious and other gatherings worldwide and negatively impacted the Islamic pilgrimage, around 2.5 million Muslims completed the Hajj in 2019. The Hajj that took place last year was the first since the pandemic’s beginning in 2020 to be conducted without COVID-19 limitations.

Preparations for the journey can involve gathering information from those who have previously completed the pilgrimage, carrying different necessities for the physically taxing journey, attending lectures or consuming other educational materials on how to properly perform a series of Hajj rituals as well as spiritually readying oneself. At times, pilgrims brave intense heat or other challenging conditions during the pilgrimage.

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WHAT ARE A FEW OF THE RITUALS PERFORMED BY PILGRIMS?
When pilgrims decide to perform the Hajj, they go into a state known as “ihram.” Following specific guidelines and restrictions is part of wearing ihram. For example, during ihram, men are supposed to wear simple ihram fabric garments rather than ordinary sewed or stitched items that encircle the body, like shirts. According to scholars, the goal is to rid oneself of worldly status symbols, luxury, and vanity, and to fully immerse the pilgrim in humility and devotion to God.

Standing on the plain of Arafat, where travellers worship God, ask for pardon, and make supplications, is a spiritual high point for many throughout the Hajj. Other customs involve “tawaf,” or circumambulating, or making seven anticlockwise circles around the Kaaba in Mecca. The Kaaba is a cube-shaped edifice that Muslims regard as the symbolic house of God, but they do not worship it. Instead, pious Muslims face the Kaaba during their daily prayers, regardless of where they are in the globe.

Pilgrims also follow the footsteps of Hagar, also known as Hajar, the Prophet Abraham’s wife, who is said by Muslims to have sprinted seven times between two hills in quest of water for her son. In addition to other customs, pilgrims stone the devil in a symbolic fashion.

Describe EID Al-Adha.
The Islamic holiday known as Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” falls on the tenth day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul-Hijja, which falls during the Hajj. Eid al-Adha is a global Muslim holiday that commemorates the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to offer his son as a sacrifice as a sign of devotion to God. Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle and give some of the meat to the underprivileged on the joyous occasion.

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Father’s Day 2024: What day is it on? Learn the date, meaning, background, and traditions of this day honouring fathers.

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Father’s Day 2024: Celebrated every year to recognise fathers and give thanks for their influence in our lives, Father’s Day is observed globally. People honour the sacrifices their father—whether it was their biological father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle, brother, or guardian—made to help shape their life on this day. On this day, show them how much you appreciate them by planning a surprise party, creating handcrafted gifts, preparing their favourite food, or taking them on a trip. On the third Sunday in June, a number of nations celebrate the holiday, including India. If you observe Father’s Day, you ought to be aware of its background, accurate date, meaning, and other details.

Father’s Day falls on June 16 this year, since the joyous occasion is commemorated on the third Sunday of June every year. Spending quality time with your dad, making thoughtful gifts, throwing a movie night, giving him literature, getting a gym membership to enhance his health, performing deeds of kindness like crossing things off his to-do list, and more may all help to make this day special for him. The goal is to commemorate and celebrate the men who have contributed significantly to our lives in order to emphasise the value of the father-child bond.

The History and Significance of Father’s Day in 2024:
Father’s Day began as a result of a selfless project initiated in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington. Dodd was inspired to honour her father and many other fathers like him in 1909 after attending a Mother’s Day talk. Inspired by her father’s position as a single parent raising her and her siblings, Dodd made the decision to start celebrating Father’s Day. But widespread celebration of the festival took some time. Father’s Day was eventually acknowledged by the UN officially in 1972.

The celebration of Father’s Day honours the unique role that a father or other father figure plays in a child’s life. A father instills principles in his children that will influence them in the future, and his patience helps them develop character. They are our confidantes, our empathetic shoulders to cry on, and our sympathetic ears to wail into. Thus, occasions such as Father’s Day serve as a constant reminder to treasure and honour them in our lives.

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Eid ul Adha 2024: How to Savour the Occasion at Home

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The most auspicious period of the year, Eid ul Adha 2024, is approaching. Around the world, people celebrate Eid ul Adha with much pomp and circumstance each year. Known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, Eid ul Adha is a holiday celebrated mostly by Muslims. Eid ul Adha is known as Bakrid in India. This year, the celebration is scheduled to take place on June 17 in India and June 16 in Saudi Arabia. Eid ul Adha, which often begins with the morning prayer, is a time for introspection, giving, prayer, and volunteer work. Recipes for Eid, such biryani and sheer korma, are made at home and shared with loved ones.

Spending the day at home on Eid ul Adha is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your family. Here are some suggestions:

Welcome guests home:
Send your loved ones invitations with an Eid theme first. Prepare delectable delicacies just for Eid and deck your home with festive décor. Enjoy an enjoyable day filled with laughing, gossip, and delicious cuisine with your loved ones.

Arrange a family outing:

Surprising your loved ones with a surprise trip is a wonderful way to commemorate Eid ul Adha. Have a light supper and spend time laughing as a family instead than overindulging in a large Eid buffet.

Change things up:

You don’t have to stick to the same customs every year. If the family’s women usually prepare all of the Eid meals, let the men do it this year. For Eid al Adha, you can designate a single person to whom each member can offer a gift, rather than having parents give them gifts.

DIY décor:

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Plan the look you desire for your Eid ul Adha gathering at home by starting a day early. Gather your whole family and dedicate a day to creating homemade decorations for the celebration with an Eid theme.

Make your own Eid clothing:

Ask your family for assistance in making your clothing rather than purchasing new items for this year’s celebration. You can also prepare your own sweets and pastries for Eid.

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Father’s Day 2024: Original ideas to commemorate the day, ranging from hiking to a movie marathon

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Fathers are superheroes undercover, according to Father’s Day 2024. To fulfill our aspirations, they are willing to travel to the edge of the globe. Above all, they are the wind beneath our wings and they love and care for us. They encourage us to always strive to be better versions of ourselves. They toil away in silence to provide us the life we desire. They are our most vociferous supporters and our safety net in difficult times. It is appropriate to honor fathers on a daily basis. Father’s Day is all about showing our dads how much we appreciate them and giving them special treatment. Here is a list as we get ready to celebrate the great day on June 16th.

Original ideas for Father’s Day celebrations:
Trekking: Envision preparing your backpack alongside your father and heading to the inclines that he desired to stroll on. Imagine yourself strolling along those winding roads, navigating the hairpin turns, chuckling at inside jokes, and taking in the stunning sight of the sun rising over the hills. Make your father’s wish come true this Father’s Day.

Movie marathon: Look no further if your father is still fixated on the movie star he loved as a child. Obtain a selection of his favorite films on DVD and enjoy them with the family. Observe him as he enjoys his best day, repeating the language and laughing at the jokes.

Give him a puppy: They say that no one is as devoted to a dog as a father who never desired one in the first place. Give your dad a puppy and watch him care for it if you want to see him act like a child again.

Marathon running: Is your father a health-conscious individual? If not, it’s time to force them to monitor their well-being. Dads dedicate their lives to improving our lives, often neglecting their own needs in the process. Run a marathon with your father for Father’s Day, and watch him begin to take his health more seriously.

Create a collaborative dance video:
Gather the entire family and practice your dad’s dance moves.Get him also onboard and make a dance video together. Have fun over the dance step mistakes, goof ups and giggles.

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