Late August or early September marks a great occasion in the Islamic world—Muslims celebrate the feast of sacrifice which is ranked next to the Ramadan in terms of importance. The festivities take place all across the country, including major cities, like Amman, Zarqa, and and Irbid.
A great number of livestock from sheep to goats, cows, and even camels is slaughtered. This represents a modern sacrifice similar to the one of Prophet Ibrahim who was willing to sacrifice his own son Ismail to God. According to the story Allah instead accepted a lamb and returned Ismail to his father. The meat is consumed at festive dinners and also is vastly distributed to the poor members of Jordanian communities.