A guide to spending Eid Al-Adha in Qatar — 2017 version

By Doha News Team

Eid prayers. Credit: Ray Toh

The first day of Eid Al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) falls on Friday, Sept. 1 this year.

Muslims traditionally slaughter an animal — usually a sheep, goat or cow — or pay to have one killed during the annual religious holiday to mark the sacrifice to God made by the Prophet Abraham.

This meat is then shared with family and friends and those in need.

Eid Al Adha slaughterhouse. Credit: Chantell D’mello/Doha News

Most government employees in Qatar will be off from Aug. 31 and will return to work on Sept. 10, the same day most schools also start their new terms.

Meanwhile, private sector employees usually get about three working days off, though this varies depending on the employer.

Many residents travel abroad for Eid, but thousands will be staying here and can enjoy a broad range of activities across the country in the coming week.

Gulf dispute notwithstanding, there’s tons going on. From prayer times to fireworks to cultural performances, here’s our guide to what’s on offer — and what’s open when — during the holiday. And here’s the Mirror link.

Note: We’ll be updating this guide as more information as items come in. Feel free to leave a comment with anything you think we’re missing!

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