Eid al-Adha

Islamic Holiday Islamic Holiday celebrated in several countries

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When is Idul Adha?

Year Date
2016 September 11th
2015 September 23rd
2014 October 5th
2013 October 15th
2012 October 26th
2011 November 6th
Country Name
Lebanon Lebanon al-Adha
India India Bakrid
national and poublic holidays in Singapore Pakistan Eid ul-Azha
national and poublic holidays in Singapore Singapore Hari Raya Haji
Turkey Turkey Kurban Bayrami

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.

It concludes the Pilgrimmage 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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