what is the difference between Christmas and Eid?

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What is the difference between Christmas and Eid?

The most basic answer is that Christmas is a Christian holiday, and Eid, or more accurately Eid-al-Adha, is an Islamic holiday. They commemorate different things and are observed on different dates.

Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the predicted Son of God, the Messiah, who was to give himself as a sacrifice for all men.

Eid-al-Aha is known as "The Feast of the Sacrifice" which may sound on the surface as though it was similar, but it commemorates the "sacrifice" of Isaac by his father Abraham on Mount Moriah.

Both Christianity and Islam trace their roots back to Abraham, but shortly after take different directions.

Another difference is the time of their observance. Christmas is observed on December 25, Eid-al-Adha is observed on September 23, 2015.

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