Kurban Bayramı Holiday in Turkiye in 2024

  How long until Kurban Bayramı Holiday?
Kurban Bayramı Holiday
  Dates of Kurban Bayramı Holiday in Turkiye
2025 Jun 7, Jun 8, Jun 9, Jun 10
TurkiyeTue, Jun 10National Holiday
TurkiyeMon, Jun 9National Holiday
TurkiyeSun, Jun 8National Holiday
TurkiyeSat, Jun 7National Holiday
2024 Jun 16, Jun 17, Jun 18, Jun 19, Jun 20, Jun 21
TurkiyeFri, Jun 21National Holiday
TurkiyeThu, Jun 20National Holiday
TurkiyeWed, Jun 19National Holiday
TurkiyeTue, Jun 18National Holiday
TurkiyeMon, Jun 17National Holiday
TurkiyeSun, Jun 16National Holiday
2023 Jun 26, Jun 27, Jun 28, Jun 29, Jun 30, Jul 1
TurkiyeSat, Jul 1National Holiday
TurkiyeFri, Jun 30National Holiday
TurkiyeThu, Jun 29National Holiday
TurkiyeWed, Jun 28National Holiday
TurkiyeTue, Jun 27National Holiday
TurkiyeMon, Jun 26Government Holiday
2022 Jul 8, Jul 9, Jul 10, Jul 11, Jul 12, Jul 13, Jul 14
TurkiyeThu, Jul 14National Holiday (additional day)
TurkiyeWed, Jul 13National Holiday (additional day)
TurkiyeTue, Jul 12National Holiday (additional day)
TurkiyeMon, Jul 11National Holiday (additional day)
TurkiyeSun, Jul 10National Holiday (additional day)
TurkiyeSat, Jul 9National Holiday
TurkiyeFri, Jul 8National Holiday (additional day)
2021 Jul 19, Jul 20, Jul 21, Jul 22, Jul 23
TurkiyeFri, Jul 23National Holiday (additional day)
TurkiyeThu, Jul 22National Holiday (additional day)
TurkiyeWed, Jul 21National Holiday (additional day)
TurkiyeTue, Jul 20National Holiday
TurkiyeMon, Jul 19National Holiday (additional day)

Second day of holidays for the Feast of the Sacrifice

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

Kurban Bayramı Holiday in Turkiye

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. In Istanbul, most tourist attractions remain open, but the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar will be closed.

Travelling 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.

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.

Kurban Bayramı Traditions in Turkey

On the first day of the Sacrifice Feast in Turkey, men from each family traditionally go to the mosque for a special morning prayer. In some parts of the nation, the sacrificed goat is henna-painted and adorned with ribbons. In recent years, some Turkish people have started making donations to charity organizations instead of sacrificing animals.

People usually wear their best clothes during the Sacrifice Feast. They welcome guests to their homes or visit relatives and friends during the holiday. Young people greet their older relatives and neighbours by kissing their hands as a sign of respect. Some people in Turkey even use the holiday period to go on a vacation.

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