An Aqiqah usually takes place on the seventh day after a baby's birth, but is sometimes performed later on. An Aqiqah ceremony is a celebration where the meat from the sacrificed animal is cooked and shared with family, friends and members of the community who are in need.
There are typically three parts to the Aqeeqah feast:
First, the child's head is shaved. Typically, the cutting of hair symbolizes a new spiritual status in a number of cultures and religions.
Second, there is the formal naming of the child.
Finally, a goat or sheep sacrificed.