In a traditional country the Eid sacrifice is a visceral experience and involves all members of the family. Muslims from non-Muslim countries are usually pretty far removed from this practice.
For our first two years in a Muslim country my eldest son did attend the sacrifice but this year we decided to focus on the meaning of the sacrifice, the stories that inform the holiday and the rites of Hajj.
I read the story of Ismail (a) to my children from My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.
While on the streets my children encountered many sheep that were on their way to a family home before the holiday sacrifice.
The animals are usually not very happy and fight whoever is leading them so I encouraged my children to pet them and speak gently to them because for our family Eid is more than just sacrificing a sheep and Zabiha requires that we be kind and gentle with the animals. For us this holiday represents Allah’s mercy towards Ibrahim (a) and Ismail (a) and the we feel that the sacrifice should reflect that in the kindness shown toward to animal that replaced Ismail (a).
Please share your ideas for teaching children about the rites of Eid ul Adha.