for Shite Muslims Ashura (Muharram) has special importance. It commemorates the martyrdom of Husain, Prophet Muhammad's grandson, in AH 61 (680 CE). Observed 10 days from the first of the month of Ashura, the event is a time of great mourning. For Sunni Muslims, Ashura is a time to remember two of Allah's merciful acts: Noah's safe landing after the Flood and the Israelites liberation from Egypt under Moses.
First of Muharram (Islam)
First of Muharram (first month of the Islamic year 1434) celebrates the Hijra (migration)of the Mohammad and his followers in 622 CE, from Mecca to Medina, where they established the first Islamic community.
Id al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) (Islam)
Id al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) is the concluding act of pilgrimage and is observed even when not on pilgrimage. As abrahm offered his son, Ishmael to God, Muslims offer sheep, goats and camels. They distribute the meat to the poor.