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Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha in India

Quick Facts

Many Muslims in India celebrate Eid al-Adha (Id-ul-Zuha or Bakr-Id), which is on the 10th to 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja.

Local names

बकरी ईदHindi
Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaEnglish
Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGerman

Alternative name

Id ul-Zuha

Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015
Note: During a gazetted holiday, government offices and most businesses are closed so people have a day off work.
List of dates for other years

Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr-Id), which is also known as Eid al-Adha or Id-ul-Adha, is a festival that many Muslims celebrate with special prayers, greetings and gifts. It is a gazetted holiday in India and is also referred to as the festival of sacrifice.

Eid al-Adha is called "Bakr-Id" in India due to the tradition of sacrificing a goat or "bakr".

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What do people do?

Id-ul-Zuha is a festival that is celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety in India and the world. Many Muslims wear new clothes and attend an open-air prayer meeting during Id-ul-Zuha. They may sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the meat with family members, neighbors and the poor. Many Muslims feel that they have a duty to ensure that all Muslims can enjoy a meat based meal during this holiday.

Public life

National, state and local government offices, post offices and banks are closed on Eid al-Adha. Islamic stores, businesses and other organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours. Those wishing to use public transport on the day may need to contact the local transport authorities to check on timetables.

Large scale prayer meetings may cause local disruption to traffic. This is particularly true of areas of India with a predominantly Muslim population.


Muslims around the world believe that Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Ibrahim followed God's orders, but his son was replaced by a sheep at the last moment. Muslims celebrate this at Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is called Id-ul-Adha in Arabic and Bakr-Id in the Indian subcontinent, because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat or "bakr" in Urdu. The word "id" derived from the Arabic "iwd" means "festival" and "zuha" comes from "uzhaiyya" which translates to "sacrifice".

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Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha Observances

Note: During a gazetted holiday, government offices and most businesses are closed so people have a day off work.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
FriJan 212005Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
WedJan 112006Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
ThuDec 202007Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
TueDec 92008Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
SatNov 282009Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
WedNov 172010Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
MonNov 72011Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
SatOct 272012Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
WedOct 162013Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
MonOct 62014Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
FriSep 252015Bakri Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday

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