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Eid-al-Adha in United Kingdom

Quick Facts

Eid-al-Adha is an Islamic festival to remember Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It is observed around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

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Eid-al-Adha

Eid-al-Adha 2014

Saturday, October 4, 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.
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Many Muslims in the United Kingdom (UK) celebrate Eid-al-Adha, which commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. This festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Muslim family

Many Muslim families celebrate Eid al-Adha.

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What do people do?

Many Muslims make a special effort to wear new clothes or their nicest outfits, attend a prayer service at a mosque and to listen to a sermon. They also personally greet or send paper or electronic Eid cards to family members, friends and business associates and give gifts to children.

Initiatives to improve the quality of life or opportunities in Muslim communities around the United Kingdom may be launched at Eid-al-Adha. Some mosques also hold study days or lectures on aspects of Islam and Islamic history.

Some Muslims arrange to sacrifice or slaughter a cow, goat or sheep. The law in the United Kingdom only allows this in an official slaughterhouse. The meat is divided between family, friends and the poor. Other Muslims give money to charity to help poorer families and eat a meat based meal. Mosques or other groups may arrange communal meals.

Public life

Eid-al-Adha is not a bank holiday in the UK. Mosques are likely to be busy and this may lead to some traffic congestion. Some Muslims choose to take one or more days of annual leave at this time.

Background

Eid-al-Adha honors Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael when God ordered him to do this. However, just as Ibrahim was about to kill Ishmael, God put a sheep in his place. Some people dispute that the son of sacrifice was Isaac (Isḥāq). Regardless, these events are remembered and celebrated at Eid al-Adha.

Muslims celebrate Ibrahim's complete obedience to the will of God during Eid-al-Adha. They remind themselves of their own willingness to sacrifice anything to follow God's commands. It also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

About Eid-al-Adha in other countries

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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 
SatOct 42014Eid-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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