Kurban Bayramı Holiday in Turkey in 2021

  How long until Kurban Bayramı Holiday?
Kurban Bayramı Holiday
  Dates of Kurban Bayramı Holiday in Turkey
2022 Jul 10, Jul 11, Jul 12, Jul 13
TurkeyWed, Jul 13National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyTue, Jul 12National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyMon, Jul 11National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeySun, Jul 10National Holiday
2021 Jul 19, Jul 20, Jul 21, Jul 22, Jul 23
TurkeyFri, Jul 23National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyThu, Jul 22National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyWed, Jul 21National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyTue, Jul 20National Holiday
TurkeyMon, Jul 19National Holiday (additional day)
2020 Jul 31, Aug 1, Aug 2, Aug 3
TurkeyMon, Aug 3National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeySun, Aug 2National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeySat, Aug 1National Holiday (additional day)
TurkeyFri, Jul 31National Holiday
2019 Aug 12, Aug 13, Aug 14, Aug 15
TurkeyThu, Aug 15National Holiday
TurkeyWed, Aug 14National Holiday
TurkeyTue, Aug 13National Holiday
TurkeyMon, Aug 12National Holiday
2018 Aug 20, Aug 21, Aug 22, Aug 23, Aug 24
TurkeyFri, Aug 24National Holiday
TurkeyThu, Aug 23National Holiday
TurkeyWed, Aug 22National Holiday
TurkeyTue, Aug 21National Holiday
TurkeyMon, Aug 20National Holiday

Holidays for the Feast of the the Sacrifice

  Local name
Kurban Bayramı
  Kurban Bayramı Holiday in other countries
Kurban Bayramı Holiday internationally

Kurban Bayramı in Turkey

Banks and post offices will be closed during Kurban Bayrami, but most shops and supermarkets will remain open. ATMs may run out of cash towards the end of the holidays.

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.

Did you know?

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

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.

Traveling on the first and last days of Kurban Bayram can be very hectic and roads are busy as everyone either heads to their family home or escapes to a hotel/beach.

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