Muslims in New Zealand will celebrate its second biggest festival in the Islamic calendar, Eid-ul-Adha on Saturday, August 1.

Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere based in central Auckland will lit up in green and white lights in a gesture of celebration and support towards the Muslim community living in New Zealand.

A press release from SkyCity entertainment group confirmed that Sky Tower would be lit in green and white on Friday, July 31, in honour of Eid-ul-Adha- a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world and also marks the pilgrimage to Hajj.

Javed Dadabhai, Chairperson of New Zealand Eid Day, a non-profit community organisation hosting large scale Eid events in Auckland says he is thrilled with the news of Sky Tower being lit up again to honour the Muslim community on the occasion of its religious festival.

“We are thrilled that the SkyCity will be celebrating Eid with us again by lighting the tower to mark an important day in the calendar of New Zealand Muslims,” Javed Dadabhai said.

Sky Tower and Eden Park in Auckland lit in green and white on Eid-ul-Fitr in May 2020

Sky Tower lasts lit up in green and white on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr earlier in May this year for two days. Following this news then, even Eden Park came forward and lit up in green and white for Eid-ul-Fitr.

“SkyCity lights the Sky Tower for charities or community initiatives that we support financially, to mark national holidays, milestones or other celebrations or events, or as a symbol of respect or solidarity,” a spokesperson from SkyCity Entertainment Group said.

As per the traditional and religious practices of Eid-ul-Adha, the prayers are followed by the sacrifice of a domestic animal such as goat, sheep, cow or camel- the meat of which is distributed amongst family, friends and the less fortunate on the society.

Hajj pilgrimage that usually witnesses millions of pilgrims from all around the world gather at Mecca is seeing only up to 10,000 worshippers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia perform the pilgrimage. The number has been drastically dropped due to the Covid pandemic and global travel restrictions in place.

Muslims in New Zealand will observe the festival of Eid-ul-Adha by making special congregational prayers at mosques and community centres.

NZ Eid Day will be hosting the Eid prayers on Saturday, August 1, at Eden Park, and the Eid prayer will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. followed by Kutbah (sermon) and family fun event organised at the venue for the later part of the day.