Eid-al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) is the second of two religious holidays celebrated on the 10th Dhul hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar, by Muslims worldwide each year. In the morning on the Eid day, after congregation prayers people thank God for the animal and the sacrifice takes place (usually cows, goats, camels). The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy. It is a public holiday which spans over 3 or 4 days, where many people from the big cities go to their ancestral houses and villages to celebrate and share the joy of the festival with their family and friends.