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Sacrifice Feast Eve in Turkey

Quick Facts

The 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.

Local names

NameLanguage
Kurban Bayramı ArifesiTurkish
Sacrifice Feast EveEnglish
Vortag des OpferfestesGerman

Sacrifice Feast Eve 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sacrifice Feast Eve 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Many people visit relatives in cities such as Istanbul (pictured above) during the Feast of Sacrifice Eve in Turkey.

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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.

Public life

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.

Background

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.

Symbols

The most common symbols of the Sacrifice Feast Eve in Turkey are a ram (or a sheep) and a mosque.

About Sacrifice Feast Eve in other countries

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Sacrifice Feast Eve Observances

Note: A half day holiday is allocated so workers have the afternoon free.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SatDec 302006Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
WedDec 192007Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
SunDec 72008Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
ThuNov 262009Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
MonNov 152010Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
SatNov 52011Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
WedOct 242012Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
MonOct 142013Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
FriOct 32014Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
WedSep 232015Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
SunSep 112016Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day
ThuAug 312017Sacrifice Feast EveHalf Day

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