Posted on August 22, 2018

Eid Al Adha was celebrated across the country with traditional fervour in which thousands of Muslims performed prayers, sacrificed animals to mark the sacred Islamic festival.

The day began with offering of Eid Al Adha prayers in hundreds of mosques and prayer grounds across the country. The largest congregation of Eid Al Adha prayers was held at Imam Muhammad ibn Abd Al Wahhab Mosque. The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) had prepared 368 mosques and prayer grounds in various areas of the country for the blessed Eid Al Adha prayer, including 70 mosques and prayer grounds with places reserved for women. Citizens and residents visited homes of relatives and friends to exchange Eid greetings and distribute meat of sacrificial animals. Special feasts and get-togethers were arranged to celebrate the festival with family and friends.

In the evening, people visited various destinations of their choice to celebrate the festival with fun and recreation. Various malls had lined up entertainment activities for Eid Al Adha particularly the ones taking part in the ongoing Qatar Summer Festival (QSF). The residents enjoyed a number of shows hosted by different malls as well as activities for children, such as Spongebob Square Pants Live Show, Ben 10, “Ya’ Alaydo” and many more. Along with the live shows, there were many traditional dances like the Syrian Arda and Jordanian and Palestinian dabkeh dance.

The Cultural Village Foundation – Katara hosted a festive Eid Al Adha celebration with a range of colourful activities. One of the highlights of the celebration was a marvelous show by the Police Musical Band, who played patriotic music. Eid gifts were also distributed among children by Katara staff. Summer Entertainment City remained another hot spot to mark the festival especially for kids offering over 75 rides and games, such as the largest bouncy castle, virtual reality area with more than 15 games or the Football Fan zone.

United Development Company offered ‘Spend & Splash’ campaign at The Pearl-Qatar. The event featuring a variety of interactive water sports including a waterslide, inflatable water park, hydro bike, beach swing, bubble soccer, kids outdoor cinema, etc. on Qanat Quartier Beach, while Porto Arabia’s Marina was home to parasailing and wakeboarding activities. A large number of people thronged various beaches and parks in the evening to celebrate the Eid festival. Al Khor Park, Al Bida Park and other parks received thousands of visitors on first day of Eid. Al Khor Park has a mini zoo, with animals and birds shifted from the Doha Zoo which is undergoing renovation.

Souq Al Wakrah’s unique charm proved another magnet to citizens and residents alike this Eid Al Adha as hundreds of visitors thronged the souq which is now fast becoming a favourite family destination. The Souq’s beach also saw hundreds of people who chose to spend the Eid holiday there.

source: The Peninsula

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