Two Holidays: Eid al Adha and Meskel

Two holidays. Two religions. Different responses.

In the past few weeks we have had two different holidays. The first is the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha. The second is the Orthodox Christian holiday of Meskel.

Eid al Adha celebrates the redemption of Isaac when God called Abraham to sacrifice him on top of a mountain. It is celebrated by the sacrifice of an animal, and much feasting. This is an awesome holiday to celebrate as it shows and celebrates the redemption that was to come – Jesus dying on Calvary. Of course, many people do not see it quite that way, but that is how I see it.

Meskel, on the other hand, celebrates the finding of the True Cross, or rather, a piece of what is the cross of Jesus Christ. This is celebrated with bonfires and singing and dancing. This year I got to see the main celebrations as Meskel Square, and there were so many people there to see it. It was great to see so many people so genuinely happy it makes me sad to think that this celebration isn’t for something bigger, something more important.

So whatever side you sit on, Eid Mubarak or Melkam Meskel, let us celebrate redemption and the cross of Jesus Christ.

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3 Responses to Two Holidays: Eid al Adha and Meskel

  1. Zoe Cromwell says:

    Good post – but just for accuracy — Eid al Adha celebrates the redemption of Ishmael .. ask a Muslim.

    • I haven’t read the whole of the article, but here (http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/sacrifice.htm) it suggests that while the Qur’an does not explicitly say which son it was, it only suggests it was Ishmael, while Jewish and Christian sources (OT and NT) suggest it was Isaac.
      One thing that both groups can agree on was that it was a son of Abraham/Ibrahim and that that son was redeemed from sacrifice. 🙂

      • Zoe Cromwell says:

        Thanks for the reference. I believe it was Isaac as well; all my Muslin friends, while celebrating Eid al Adha, have no doubts that they are celebrating the saving of Ishmael from sacrifice. And yes indeed, we agree it was a son of Abraham so we can discuss it amicably!

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