The Sacrifice Feast in Turkey is a four-day religious festival. The Sacrifice Feast traditions in Turkey include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor.
What Do People Do?
The Sacrifice Feast is one of the oldest Islamic holidays in Turkey. It commemorates the story about Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who showed obedience to God by agreeing to sacrifice his son. God then sent him a ram to be sacrificed instead. The Sacrifice Feast comes about 70 days after the Ramadan Feast. According to old belief it is unlucky to get married or start a new business in the period between these two holidays.
Traditionally, on the first day of the Sacrifice Feast in Turkey, men of each family go to a mosque for a special morning prayer. Then the sacrifice ritual begins. In some regions in Turkey, people paint the sacrificial animal with henna and adorn it with ribbons. The butcher reads a prayer before slaughtering the animal. Families share about two-thirds of the animal’s meat with relatives and neighbors, and they traditionally give about one-third to the poor.
In recent years, some Turkish people started making donations to charity organizations instead of sacrificing animals. Many people in Turkey take special care to help the poor during the Sacrifice Feast.
People usually wear their best clothes during the Sacrifice Feast. They welcome guests to their homes or visit relatives or friends during the holiday. Many people in Turkey reserve the first day of the feast for visiting their closest relatives. Young people greet their older relatives and neighbors by kissing their hand as a sign of respect. Some people in Turkey may use the four-day holiday to go on a vacation.
The Sacrifice Feast is an official four-day holiday in Turkey. Administration buildings, schools, banks and post offices are usually closed during this period. Supermarkets remain open, but may work on a special holiday schedule.
Public transport may run less frequently during the Sacrifice Feast, and fares are usually lower compared to regular days. Highways may be overcrowded due to holiday travel. Because the beginning of the Sacrifice Feast coincides with the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, both domestic and international travel in Turkey may be intense during this period.
The Sacrifice Feast takes place in the four days following the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijja. The exact dates are determined using the Islamic calendar, whose months begin with the first sighting of a new moon. The Islamic calendar begins its count from 622 CE, the year in which Prophet Muhammed (the Turkish spelling) moved from Mecca to Medina. This calendar has been in use since about 640 CE.
The common symbols of the Sacrifice Feast in Turkey are a ram (or a sheep) and a mosque.
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Sacrifice Feast Observances
Holiday currently only shown for years 2000–2049.
Name Holiday Type
Tue Nov 16 2010 Sacrifice Feast National holiday
Sun Nov 6 2011 Sacrifice Feast National holiday
Thu Oct 25 2012 Sacrifice Feast National holiday
Tue Oct 15 2013 Sacrifice Feast National holiday
Sat Oct 4 2014 Sacrifice Feast National holiday
Mon Sep 21 2015 Eid al Adha Public Sector Holiday Holiday for Public Servants
Tue Sep 22 2015 Eid al Adha Public Sector Holiday Holiday for Public Servants
Wed Sep 23 2015 Eid al Adha Public Sector Holiday Holiday for Public Servants
Thu Sep 24 2015 Sacrifice Feast National holiday
Sat Sep 10 2016 Eid al Adha Public Sector Holiday Holiday for Public Servants
Mon Sep 12 2016 Sacrifice Feast National holiday
Fri Sep 16 2016 Eid al Adha Public Sector Holiday Holiday for Public Servants
Sat Sep 17 2016 Eid al Adha Public Sector Holiday Holiday for Public Servants
Fri Sep 1 2017 Sacrifice Feast National holiday
The Sacrifice Feast in Turkey is a time of thanksgiving and remembrance of the poor.
Sacrifice Feast 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017
Sacrifice Feast 2018
Sacrifice Feast does not occur in 2018
Name in other languages
Kurban Bayramı Turkish
Sacrifice Feast English
Islamisches Opferfest German
List of dates for other years
Other holidays in September 2017 in Turkey
Sacrifice Feast Day 2 – Saturday, September 2, 2017
Sacrifice Feast Day 3 – Sunday, September 3, 2017
Sacrifice Feast Day 4 – Monday, September 4, 2017
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