Eid al-Adha is the holiest celebration in the Islamic calendar and this year it falls on September 12, in most countries.
The name Eid al-Adha translates as the “festival of the sacrifice” or Bakr Eid and is also known as the “Greater Eid”.
The celebration marks the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca which thousands of Muslims all over the world embark on.
It is different from Eid al-Fitr – which is the festival that comes immediately after Ramadan.
During Eid al-Adha, Muslims honour the day Prophet Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son but was told by God to kill an animal instead, the celebrations symbolise Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah.
When is it?
The timing of Eid al-Adha is dictated by the lunar cycle so, it falls on a different date.
The day is set when a new moon is spotted – but there is little agreement within the faith about whether the moon must be spotted with the naked eye or if it should be seen in the country where the celebrations are occurring.
Saudi Arabia announced on Friday it would celebrate the festival on the 12 September.
The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on September 12 in Saudi Arabia and in most other countries, and on September 13 in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The public holiday breaks for Eid have also been officially announced:
- Saudi Arabia: 12-day holiday break, which will include the days of the Hajj pilgrimage.
- ِGulf Arab countries of Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman: nine-day public holiday from Friday, September 9 until Saturday, September 17.
- Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Sudan also announced a nine-day public holiday on the same dates as in the Gulf.
- Turkey: nine-day public holiday from Saturday, September 10 until Sunday, September 18.
- Bangladesh: six-day Eid holiday, from Friday September 9 until Wednesday, September 14.
- Tunisia, Morocco and Nigeria: four-day long weekend holiday, from Saturday, September 10 until Tuesday, September 13.
- Pakistan: three-day holiday from Monday, September 12 until Wednesday, September 14.
- Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Ghana: three-day long weekend holiday, from Saturday, September 10 until Monday, September 12.
Local Names For Eid al Adha
The Eid al-Adha festival, or Feast of Sacrifice, is locally also known as:
- Eidul Adha, as spelled in the Philippines legislation.
- Eid el-Kabir, as commonly referred to in Nigeria and Morocco.
- Eid ul Azha, as referred to in Pakistan.
- Kurban Bayrami, as referred to in Turkey.
- Hari Raya Haji, as known in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
- Bakr-Id or Qurbani Eid, as referred to in the Urdu langauge, in India and in Bangladesh.