Kurban Bayramı in Turkey in 2019

  How long until Kurban Bayramı?
This holiday next takes place in 22 days.
  Dates of Kurban Bayramı in Turkey
2021Jul 20, Jul 21, Jul 22, Jul 23
TurkeyFri, Jul 23National Holiday
TurkeyThu, Jul 22National Holiday
TurkeyWed, Jul 21National Holiday
TurkeyTue, Jul 20National Holiday
2020Jul 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
2019Aug 12, Aug 13, Aug 14, Aug 15
TurkeyThu, Aug 15National Holiday
TurkeyWed, Aug 14National Holiday
TurkeyTue, Aug 13National Holiday
TurkeyMon, Aug 12National Holiday
2018Aug 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
2017Sep 1, Sep 2, Sep 3, Sep 4
TurkeyMon, Sep 4National Holiday
TurkeySun, Sep 3National Holiday
TurkeySat, Sep 2National Holiday
TurkeyFri, Sep 1National Holiday
The Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar
  Local name
Kurban Bayramı
  Kurban Bayramı in other countries
Kurban Bayramı 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, Greater Eid or Bakr-id; the 'Feast of Sacrifice' is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar.

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.

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.

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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