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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
2017 Friday 01 September
2016 Sunday 11 September
2015 Thursday 24 September
2014 Saturday 04 October

Who observes Eid al-Adha?

Country Known as Date
Albania Albania Eid Al-Adha 12 Sep
Algeria Algeria Eid ul-Adha 11 Sep
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Gurban Bayrami 11 Sep
Bangladesh Bangladesh Eid ul-Adha 11 Sep
Brunei Brunei Hari Raya Aidil Adha 11 Sep
Burundi Burundi Eid Al Adha 11 Sep
Egypt Egypt Eid Al Adha 11 Sep
Indonesia Indonesia Idul Adha 12 Sep
Iraq Iraq Eid Al-Adha 11 Sep
Jordan Jordan Eid Al-Adha 11 Sep
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kurban Ait 12 Sep
Kenya Kenya Feast of the Sacrifice 11 Sep
Kuwait Kuwait Eid Al-Adha 11 Sep
Lebanon Lebanon Eid Al-Adha 11 Sep
Libya Libya Eid Al-Adha 11 Sep
Maldives Maldives Eid-ul Al'haa 11 Sep
Morocco Morocco Eid Kbir 11 Sep
Nigeria Nigeria Id el Kabir 11 Sep
Oman Oman Eid Al-Adha 11 Sep
Pakistan Pakistan Eid ul-Azha Day 1 15 Sep
Philippines Philippines Eidul Adha 11 Sep
Qatar Qatar Eid Al Adha 11 Sep
Rwanda Rwanda Eid El Haj 11 Sep
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Eid Al Adha 11 Sep
Spain Spain (regional) Aid El Kebir 12 Sep
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Idul Adha 12 Sep
Tanzania Tanzania Eid El Haj 11 Sep
Tunisia Tunisia Aïd El Kebir 11 Sep
Turkey Turkey Kurban Bayrami 11 Sep
Uganda Uganda Eid Al-Adha 11 Sep
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Eid Al Adha 11 Sep
Yemen Yemen Eid Al-Adha 11 Sep

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 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.

Eid al-Adha 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. The date of Eid ul-Azha is set by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee who meet to decide about the sighting of the Zul Hajjah moon.


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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