Eid al-Adha

Islamic Holiday Islamic Holiday celebrated in several countries

The Putra Mosque, is the principal mosque of Putrajaya, Malaysia

When is Eid Al Adha?

Year Day Date
2016 Sunday 11 September
2015 Wednesday 23 September
2014 Saturday 04 October

Who observes Eid al-Adha?

Country Known as Date
Algeria Algeria Eid ul-Adha 4 Oct
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Gurban Bayrami 5 Oct
Brunei Brunei Hari Raya Aidil Adha 5 Oct
Egypt Egypt Eid Al Adha 5 Oct
India India (regional) Bakrid 5 Oct
Indonesia Indonesia Idul Adha 5 Oct
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kurban Ait 4 Oct
Kenya Kenya Feast of the Sacrifice 4 Oct
Lebanon Lebanon Eid Al-Adha 4 Oct
Morocco Morocco Eid Kbir 5 Oct
Nigeria Nigeria Id el Kabir 5 Oct
Pakistan Pakistan Eid ul-Azha Day 1 6 Oct
Philippines Philippines Eid al-Adha 6 Oct
Qatar Qatar Eid Al Adha 5 Oct
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Eid Al Adha 4 Oct
Turkey Turkey Kurban Bayrami 4 Oct
Turkey Turkey Kurban Bayrami 6 Oct
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Eid Al Adha 4 Oct

Known as Eid al-Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji 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 is based on the date of Eid al-Adha in Saudi Arabia.

For a full list of Eid al-Adha holidays by day, click here.

It concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibraham'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.


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.

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