Eid Al Adha in Saudi Arabia in 2023

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2024 Jun 16, Jun 17, Jun 18, Jun 19, Jun 20, Jun 21
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2023 Jun 26, Jun 28, Jun 29, Jun 30, Jul 1, Jul 2
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2022 Jul 5, Jul 6, Jul 7, Jul 9, Jul 10, Jul 11, Jul 12, Jul 13, Jul 14
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2021 Jul 18, Jul 19, Jul 20, Jul 21, Jul 22, Jul 23, Jul 24
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2020 Jul 23, Jul 26, Jul 27, Jul 28, Jul 29, Jul 31, Aug 1, Aug 2, Aug 3, Aug 4, Aug 5, Aug 6
Saudi ArabiaThu, Aug 6Government Holiday (additional day)
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Saudi ArabiaThu, Jul 23Government 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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  Saudi ArabiaJun 26, Jul 1, Jul 2
  Saudi ArabiaJun 28, Jun 29, Jun 30

Eid Al Adha in Saudi Arabia

Under Saudi Arabian law, Public sector holidays for Eid Al Adha begin on the fifth day of Dhu al-Hijjah and end at the end of the fifteenth day of the same month.

There may be some changes to the actual days depending how these dates fall on certain days of the week.

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.

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