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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 Wednesday 23 September
2014 Saturday 04 October

Who observes Eid al-Adha?

Country Known as Date
Algeria Algeria Eid ul-Adha 23 Sep
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Gurban Bayrami 24 Sep
Bangladesh Bangladesh Eid ul-Adha 24 Sep
Brunei Brunei Hari Raya Aidil Adha 23 Sep
Egypt Egypt Eid Al Adha 23 Sep
India India (regional) Idul Juha 24 Sep
India India (regional) Idul Juha 25 Sep
Indonesia Indonesia Idul Adha 24 Sep
Jordan Jordan Eid Al-Adha 23 Sep
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kurban Ait 23 Sep
Kenya Kenya Feast of the Sacrifice 23 Sep
Kuwait Kuwait Eid Al-Adha 23 Sep
Lebanon Lebanon Eid Al-Adha 23 Sep
Libya Libya Eid Al-Adha 23 Sep
Morocco Morocco Eid Kbir 23 Sep
Nigeria Nigeria Id el Kabir 23 Sep
Oman Oman Eid Al-Adha 23 Sep
Pakistan Pakistan Eid ul-Azha Day 1 23 Sep
Philippines Philippines Eidul Adha 23 Sep
Qatar Qatar Eid Al Adha 23 Sep
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Eid Al Adha 23 Sep
Spain Spain (regional) Eid Al Adha 25 Sep
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Idul Juha 24 Sep
Turkey Turkey Kurban Bayrami 23 Sep
Uganda Uganda Eid Al-Adha 23 Sep
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Eid Al Adha 23 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.

Pakistan

In Pakistan, the holiday is known as Eid ul-Azha and will be celebrated over several days.

Turkey

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.

India

In India, the festival is known as Bakrid, as 'Goat' is 'Bakr' in Urdu.

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