Major Muslim, Jewish holidays coincide

by Rachel Baker on October 4, 2014

For the first time since 1981, the Muslim and Jewish faiths are celebrating a major holiday during the same time. Because both Judaism and Islam use lunar calendars Eid al-Adha and Yom Kippur actually coincide once every 33 years.

Below is an article that shows AP pictures of people celebrating both of these holidays.

Read the Article: AP PHOTOS: Major Muslim, Jewish holidays coincide

Yom Kippur is Judaism’s Day of Atonement, when devout Jews ask God to forgive them for their transgressions and refrain from eating and drinking, attending intense prayer services in synagogues. Businesses and airports in Israel shut down as television and radio stations go silent and highway stand empty. That holiday began at sunset Friday and ends Saturday night.

Muslims are marking Eid al-Adha, a three-day holiday that started Saturday across much of the Middle East. It commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim — or Abraham as he is known in the Bible — to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead. On the start of Eid al-Adha, Muslims slaughter sheep, cattle and other livestock, and give part of the meat to the poor. Parents often buy new clothes for their children for the holiday.

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