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Eid-al-Adha in Australia

Quick Facts

Many Muslims in Australia celebrate Eid al- Adha around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Local names

NameLanguage
Eid-al-AdhaEnglish
Eid-al-Adha (Opferfest)German

Eid-al-Adha 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Eid-al-Adha 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
List of dates for other years

Eid al-Adha is a significant annual Islamic observance for Muslim communities across Australia. It is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Festival of Sacrifice as it commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God.

Muslim family

Eid al-Adha is a special opportunity to have social gatherings among family and friends.

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What do people do?

The Eid al-Adha festival has a special atmosphere of peace, respect, giving and receiving, as well as sharing and caring. It is a special day for children because it is a day to socialize with family, friends and other children in celebrating Eid al-Adha. Many Muslims are united in prayer at mosques and other appropriate venues during Eid al-Adha. People also exchange gifts with one another and celebrate feasts together.

Eid al-Adha is also a time for many Muslims to make donations to the poor and the needy. This observance is known as the Feast of Sacrifice because it traditionally includes the sacrifice of an animal permitted for food (eg. a lamb) as an act of thanksgiving for God’s mercy. Some of the food is donated for charitable purposes.

Eid al-Adha also follows from the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage applies to Muslims worldwide, as they are required to perform the Hajj once in their lives. Some Muslims in Australia may travel to Mecca prior to Eid al-Adha to make this pilgrimage.

Public life

Eid al-Adha is not a nationwide public holiday in Australia. However, some Islamic organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of service and there may be some local traffic congestion around mosques and venues where Eid al-Adha celebrations are held.

Background

Eid al-Adha (Eid-ul-Adha) is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Festival of Sacrifice. This observance commemorates accomplishment.  Eid al-Adha also serves as a reminder of when Ibrahim (Abraham) was willing to sacrifice his son to God, according to Islamic belief. 

About Eid-al-Adha in other countries

Read more about Eid-al-Adha.

Eid-al-Adha Observances

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedJul 41990Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
SunJun 231991Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
ThuJun 111992Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
TueJun 11993Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
SatMay 211994Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
WedMay 101995Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
MonApr 291996Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
FriApr 181997Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
WedApr 81998Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
SunMar 281999Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
ThuMar 162000Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
TueMar 62001Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
SatFeb 232002Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
WedFeb 122003Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
MonFeb 22004Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
FriJan 212005Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
TueJan 102006Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
SunDec 312006Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
ThuDec 202007Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
TueDec 92008Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
SatNov 282009Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
WedNov 172010Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
MonNov 72011Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
FriOct 262012Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
TueOct 152013Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
SunOct 52014Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
ThuSep 242015Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
TueSep 132016Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
SatSep 22017Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
WedAug 222018Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
MonAug 122019Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 
FriJul 312020Eid-al-AdhaMuslim 

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