Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha (2019) - 11th August

One of the most important festival and a religious holiday, Eid ul-Adha is celebrated by Islam followers worldwide. Famous with names like Kurban Bayram and the Feast of Sacrifice, this merriment is scheduled every year as per the moon or lunar based Islamic calendar. Lasting for ten days, Eid ul-Adha falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah.

2015Fri25 SepBakr Id/Eid ul-Adha
2016Tue13 SepBakr Id/Eid ul-Adha
2017Sat2 SepBakr Id/Eid ul-Adha
2018Wed22 AugBakr Id/Eid ul-Adha
2019Mon12 AugBakr Id/Eid ul-Adha
2020Fri31 JulBakr Id/Eid ul-Adha


The festival of Sacrifice is observed to honour the courage and willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first child Ishmael to prove submission to God's command. This sacrifice of Ishmael was prevented by God, who intervened and instead gave a lamb to Abraham for sacrifice.

Traditions and Practices

Often known as the Greater Eid, this festival is celebrated after almost 1.5 million Muslims visit Mecca in Saudi Arabia to fulfill the annual pilgrimage called "Hajj". As per Islam all Muslims ought to go on Hajj at least once in their lifetime.

Like all celebrations, Eid ul-Adha sees merriment and vim among people. New dresses and the finest of the collections are worn for the prayers in an open waqf field of a mosque. The Muslims, who have enough resources and money, sacrifice their best domestic animals also known as halal which can be a camel, ram, cow, goat, sheep etc. as per the place they live in. This sacrifice is carried out to honour Abraham and his preparedness to sacrifice his son.


One third of the cooked meat is retained by the family while another third is distributed among relatives and friends. The rest of the meat is given to the impoverished to observe the practice of benevolence.

The most significant parts of the celebrations remain the chanting of the Takbir before the Eid prayers are made on the first day and after the prayers on the four days of the festival. Among women application of henna on palms remains a special preparation of the festival. While children are blessed with gifts, the adults enjoy visiting each others' homes and enjoying sumptuous meals.
Every Muslim ought to perform these duties regardless of where they live and their social repute.

The "Five Pillars of Islam" are:

  • Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith)
  • Salat (Prayer)
  • Zakat (Almsgiving)
  • Sawm (Fasting)
  • Hajj (Pilgrimage)


Eid-ul-Adha Prayer

"Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber.
La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd"
Means, "Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises are for Allah" is recited to honor and glorify the greatness of Allah.

Quran Quotes on Eid
Those who believed and led a righteous life are the best creatures.
"Allah is with those who restrain themselves."
[16: 128]
"I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path.
(The truth)" [11:55-56]
Whoever desires to meet his Lord, he should do good deeds and not associate anyone in the worship of his Lord.
The Quran – 18:110
He is the One GOD; the Creator, the Initiator, the Designer. To Him belong the most beautiful names. Glorifying Him is everything in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, Most Wise.
“Call on Me; I will answer your (prayer)...”
The Holy Quran (40:60)
“And the servants of Allah are those who walked on the earth in humility and when the ignorant address them they say 'Peace'
“O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [Must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.”
He said: “O my father, do as you are commanded.”
You will find me, if Allah will, of the steadfast.
(Quran 37:102)
There are no people who went astray after having been guided except for indulging in disputation.
Do not dispute with your brother, ridicule him, nor promise him and then break your promise.
Last Updated: 2nd August, 2019