Eid Al-Adha or “festival of the sacrifice” commemorates the story of the Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith, when he was commanded by God to sacrifice his son. The legend holds that God stayed his hand, sparing the boy, and placed a ram in his place.
Muslims around the world celebrate this occasion, and the citizens of Tabuk are no different. People from the region are keen to revive this ceremony in their own way through celebrations that reflect the desert area’s authenticity and modernity.
Eid Al-Adha celebrations in Tabuk are calm, inspired by the stability they are accustomed to through the gentle rhythm of life in the desert.
After the prayers, the Haganah groups congratulate the citizens by performing Hajini songs. Every family heads home to slaughter sacrifices and prepare the Eid feast. Then, they go out to visit friends and relatives and exchange gifts, in a social habit inherited from their ancestors.
Abdullah Al-Atwi, who specializes in the popular heritage in the Tabuk region, said: “Celebrations in Tabuk are quite similar to the rest of the Kingdom’s regions. However, Tabuk is unique due to the Haganah bands who tour the region, chant Hajini melodies and ride camels decorated with shiny patterns to reflect their joy.”
The residents of the desert gather on the third day of Eid to hold a special ceremony in which they recite poems and revive their heritage, added Al-Atwi.
He said that the ceremony features camel racing, horse riding and camel competitions organized by the region’s youth. The festivities last until the early hours of dawn.
The Tabuk region in northwestern Saudi Arabia is a magnet for tourists drawn to its beautiful Red Sea coastal cities.
It offers a wealth of tourist attractions that help to guarantee a rewarding visit.