When is Eid Al Adha?
Who observes Eid al-Adha?
Known as Eid al-Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji, Greater Eid or Bakr-id; the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar.
Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.
As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date may vary between countries.
The date shown on this page for Eid al-Adha is based on the date of Eid al-Adha in Saudi Arabia.
Eid al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son.
Muslims believe the son to be Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament.
Ishmael is considered the forefather of the Arabs.
According to the Koran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to sacrifice a ram instead.
The feast re-enacts Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family eats about a third of the meal and donates the rest to the poor.
In Pakistan, the holiday is known as Eid ul-Azha and will be celebrated over several days.
The date of Eid ul-Azha is set by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee who meet to decide the sighting of the Zul Hajjah moon.
In the Philippines, Eidul Adha has been a public holiday since 2002. The date is set by a proclamation each year, usually issued a week or so before the date.
In Turkey, the feast is known as Kurban Bayramı and is the most important religious festival of the year and is a four day holiday.
In India, the festival is known as Bakrid, as 'Goat' is 'Bakr' in Urdu.