Eid-el-Kibr in Egypt in 2024

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  Dates of Eid-el-Kibr in Egypt
2025 Jun 7, Jun 8, Jun 9, Jun 10
EgyptTue, Jun 10Government Holiday (additional day)
EgyptMon, Jun 9National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptSun, Jun 8National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptSat, Jun 7National Holiday
2024 Jun 17, Jun 18, Jun 19, Jun 20
EgyptThu, Jun 20Government Holiday (additional day)
EgyptWed, Jun 19National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptTue, Jun 18National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptMon, Jun 17National Holiday
2023 Jun 27, Jun 28, Jun 29, Jun 30, Jul 1, Jul 2, Jul 3
EgyptMon, Jul 3Government Holiday (additional day)
EgyptSun, Jul 2National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptSat, Jul 1National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptFri, Jun 30National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptThu, Jun 29National Holiday
EgyptWed, Jun 28National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptTue, Jun 27National Holiday (additional day)
2022 Jul 9, Jul 10, Jul 11, Jul 12, Jul 13, Jul 14
EgyptThu, Jul 14National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptWed, Jul 13National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptTue, Jul 12National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptMon, Jul 11National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptSun, Jul 10National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptSat, Jul 9National Holiday
2021 Jul 17, Jul 18, Jul 20, Jul 21, Jul 22
EgyptThu, Jul 22National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptWed, Jul 21National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptTue, Jul 20National Holiday
EgyptSun, Jul 18National Holiday (additional day)
EgyptSat, Jul 17National Holiday (additional day)

Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah's command, before he was stopped by Allah.

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When is Eid al-Adha?

Known as Eid al-Adha, Eid ul 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.

The festival may also be known as Al Eid Al Kabeer, which means the 'Grand Eid'. It has this more important status as in religious terms as this Eid lasts for four days whereas Eid Al Fitr is one day, even though most countries observe about the same number of public holidays for both Eids.

This festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for God.

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.

Traditions of Eid Al Adha

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.

The same story appears in the Bible and is familiar to Jews and Christians. One key difference is that Muslims believe the son was Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament. Eid Al Lahma, which means the 'meat Eid'

According to the Quran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to make something else as a 'great sacrifice'. In the Old Testament, it is a ram that is sacrificed instead of the son.

In Islam, Ishmael is regarded as a prophet and an ancestor of Muhammad.

During the feast of Eid Al Adha, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family will eat about a third of the meal a third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.

The giving of charity in the form of money, food or clothes to the homeless or poor is another key tradition of Eid al Adha.

Eid-el-Kibr Traditions in Egypt

Known as 'Eid-el-Kibr' in Egypt, the occasion is endowed with a greater significance than the festival of Eid ul-Fitr.

Did you know?

In Egypt, the festival is often called Eid Al Lahma, which means the 'meat Eid'.

The day begins largely traditional, with prayers and a sermon followed by a large family gathering. People meet with their friends and loved ones, wishing one another 'kol sana wa inta tayeb', which translates to 'I hope every year finds you well'.

In order to honour Prophet Ibrahim, 'Qurbani' meat is donated with great generosity and those who are wealthy along with many charitable organisations will give meat and other foodstuffs to families who are hungry. The entire country including the poor and needy look forward to this time when they can receive nutritious meat.

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