- On 12/07/2021
- In Tips for travellers
When is Sacrifice Eid in Turkey in 2021?
Tuesday, July 20th is the first day of Sacrifice Eid in 2021.
What is Sacrifice Feast ?
Sacrifice Feast or (Eid al-Adha in Arabic and Kurban Bayrami in Turkish language) is held around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah (Zilhicce) and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) obedience to God by agreeing to sacrifice his own son. God then sent him a ram to be sacrificed instead of his son.
Is Sacrifice Feast a Public Holiday?
Yes, Sacrifice Feast is a four-day religious festival and also it is a public holiday in the country. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. Museums are closed for half days on July 20 so this will affect your travel plans if you travel to Turkey including these four day. Supermarkets remain open, however Grand (Covered) Bazaar and Spice Market will be closed throughout the Sacrifice Eid.
The Sacrifice Feast traditions in Turkey include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor. So most citizens go back to their family who live in their hometown so roads are more crowded than the rest of the year. If you are doing a road trip in Turkey you can stretch it to a week or more, depending on your interests. Mostly this traffic starts a week before the Sacrifice Eid and covers the following ten days.
Is Eid al-Adha Same with Feast of the Sacrifice?
Yes these terms refer to same day, however due to cultural differences both are used in modern culture. On the morning of the first day of the Sacrifice Eid in Turkey, men of each family go to a mosque for a special morning prayer in the early hours of the day with the first sunrise. When they get back to home, the sacrifice ritual begins. Some families in Turkey, people paint the head of sheep or ram with henna and adorn it with ribbons. Either the eldest person of the family or 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. At the end of Sacrifice Feast get ready for the same traffic jam on the way back home.
However please remember private Istanbul tours are still operated on Sacrifice Eid, your tour guide will revise the itinerary according to closed sites and replace it with another sight of interest to visit.