UAE: Cannon firing marks start of Eid al-Adha in Dubai

Dubai police officers fired cannons on Friday announcing the start of Eid al-Adha holiday amid the coronavirus pandemic. The police officers could be seen approaching the cannons before firing, as well as prayers being heard at the distance from a mosque. «We've been firing the cannons on Eid occasions, it started from Ramadan, and then Ramadan Eid, which we call it Eid-al-Fitr and then Eid-al-Adha Mubarak. As you see, like, we've been firing the cannons no matter whether the pandemic or without the pandemic. The fire is still going because this is an old tradition, Islamic tradition that we have here in our culture and especially in the UAE,» stated Subai police officer Abdullah Al-Amimi. Dubai residents were urged to stay home, avoid gatherings and protect their families and keep safe by connecting through social media. Eid al-Adha or the ‘Festival of the Sacrifice,’ is the second of two globally celebrated holidays in Islam, the other being Eid Al-Fitr, with the former honouring Ibrahim or Abraham’s will to sacrifice his son to God before Jibra'il, or Gabriel’s intervention.

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