Eid literally translates to feast, holiday, or festival in Arabic. If you ever wondered why there are two Eid’s, the reason behind both celebrations simply explains it. The first Eid, Eid ul Fitr, is celebrated to mark the end of the fasting period (Ramadan). So, the phrase translates as “the festival to break the fast.”
Eid Al Adha is the second Eid, and it also translates as “festival to celebrate the sacrifice.” Adha simply means ‘the sacrifice.’ The main sacrifice celebrated is from the story of Ibrahim (Abraham). In the Quran, Allah asked Ibrahim to sacrifice his one and only son, Ismael (Ishmael).
Even though Ibrahim did not sacrifice his son, due to Allah’s intervention, the act is celebrated within an Islamic Populace. Middle East countries have high populations of Islamic persons. Therefore, Eid is more significant in this region. Its significance reflects in the way of life of the people, education inclusive.
In Dubai, Eid Al Adha 2020 would begin on the night of Thursday, 30th July. The feast ends two days later, the 2nd of August. “Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar” (Edarabia). So, in Middle East countries, there is always a lot of preparation that goes into it.
During the month of the festivities, most tertiary educational programs might not be in session. However, there is a possibility of some ongoing educational activities related to your Diploma, Degree, or MBA program. Due to its intensity, the festival will affect all school programs. Its effects would be prevalent before and even after the celebration.
On the days of the festival, the country mandates a break from all school and work activities. So, from primary education to tertiary institutions, school activities would be on hold. This break covers the modules in your business program from Middle East institutions such as ours.
Even though Eid Al Adha is usually a day of festivities, the tone of the celebration will be different for 2020. Unfortunately, the scale of merry in Dubai would not be of the same proportion in comparison to previous years.
The current global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus would prevent many from participating in many exciting activities. Large groups of people are disallowed to help curb the virus spreading; thus, the regular groups of people would be reduced. Major parks and event centers would also not be open for precautionary reasons.
At Lincoln University of Business Management (LUBM), school activities and modules would break temporarily. All programs and school activities in Dubai would benefit from the break accordingly. Every program LUBM offers fall under the following groups.
Students offering the fast track UK diploma tend to take courses in fast bursts. The reason for this is to undergo all required modules within a short number of months. Diploma students are loaded with tasks, tests, and assignments in order to properly understand the course framework.
These assignments and tasks are usually low in number during the Eid season. During the days of the Eid Al Adha festivities, none of such vigorous activities would be assigned by the school. So, It would be a great time to slow down the fast-paced learning experienced in the diploma program.
The bachelor degree program LUBM would most likely benefit less from this Middle East holiday. This is because the academic year for bachelor courses is most likely on a semester break. However, undergraduate students would not experience the extra school services that are available during the break when the festivities begin.
As one of the largest MBA providers, Lincoln University serves a large number of local and international students. Regardless of one’s religion Dubai, your MBA program gets some breathing space for relaxation and merry. MBA modules have tough and nerve-racking structures, so this would come as a relief to most students.
The Eid Al Adha celebrations in the Middle East would be great for all students in Dubai. Every student, regardless of level, gets to take some time off and make merry with the rest of the country. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus would limit the level of activities during the festivities.
All mandatory actions would be in place to prevent the spread of the virus in the Middle East. Merry activities might have a limit, but it would not prevent LUBM students from taking their well-deserved break.