Sacrifice Feast Eve in Turkey
Quick FactsThe Sacrifice Feast Eve, in which the date changes every year in the Gregorian calendar, is a time to prepare for the four-day Sacrifice Feast in Turkey.
NameSacrifice Feast Eve
Sacrifice Feast Eve 2013Monday, October 14, 2013
Sacrifice Feast Eve 2014Sacrifice Feast Eve does not occur in 2014
Note: A half day holiday is allocated so workers have the afternoon free.
List of dates for other years
Many people in Turkey do their shopping and prepare meals for the four-day Sacrifice Feast during the Sacrifice Feast Eve. Some people may sacrifice an animal in remembrance of their dead relatives on this day.
What do people do?
Many people buy new clothes and prepare some meals during the Sacrifice Feast Eve in Turkey. Many people also tidy their houses and make preparations for guests who may wish to stay overnight during the four-day Sacrifice Feast that follows the Sacrifice Feast Eve. The head of each household may choose a sacrificial animal (usually a goat, sheep or cow) for the Sacrifice Feast on the eve of the festival. People who wish to visit relatives in other cities may travel on this day.
Some families sacrifice an animal on the Sacrifice Feast Eve to remember their dead relatives. They give the meat of that animal to the poor or distribute it among the neighbors. Families may not eat the meat of an animal they sacrificed on this day. Visiting the cemetery is also common during the Sacrifice Feast Eve.
The afternoon of the Sacrifice Feast Eve is an official holiday in Turkey. Administration buildings, schools and post offices are usually closed, although shops and supermarkets generally stay open. Public transport schedules may vary. Traffic congestion on highways may occur because many people travel to other cities during the Sacrifice Feast Eve.
People in Muslim countries, such as Turkey, determine the date of the Sacrifice Feast Eve (as well as the Sacrifice Feast) using the lunar-based Islamic calendar. The festival begins on the 10th day of the 12th month of this calendar. The Sacrifice Feast commemorates the story of Ibrahim (Abraham), who sacrificed a ram after showing his willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. The tradition to prepare for the Sacrifice Feast on the eve of the festival goes back to the Qur'an.
The most common symbols of the Sacrifice Feast Eve in Turkey are a ram (or a sheep) and a mosque.
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Sacrifice Feast Eve ObservancesNote: A half day holiday is allocated so workers have the afternoon free.
|Sat||Dec 30||2006||Sacrifice Feast Eve||Half Day|
|Wed||Dec 19||2007||Sacrifice Feast Eve||Half Day|
|Sun||Dec 7||2008||Sacrifice Feast Eve||Half Day|
|Thu||Nov 26||2009||Sacrifice Feast Eve||Half Day|
|Mon||Nov 15||2010||Sacrifice Feast Eve||Half Day|
|Sat||Nov 5||2011||Sacrifice Feast Eve||Half Day|
|Wed||Oct 24||2012||Sacrifice Feast Eve||Half Day|
|Mon||Oct 14||2013||Sacrifice Feast Eve||Half Day|
Other holidays in October 2013 in Turkey
- Sacrifice Feast ―Tuesday, October 15, 2013
- Sacrifice Feast Day 2 ―Wednesday, October 16, 2013
- Sacrifice Feast Day 3 ―Thursday, October 17, 2013
- Republic Day Eve ―Monday, October 28, 2013
- Republic Day ―Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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