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Eid ul Adha in Australia

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.

Is Eid ul Adha a Public Holiday?

Eid ul Adha is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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 ul Adha in other countries

Read more about Eid ul Adha.

Eid ul 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.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010WedNov 17Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2011MonNov 7Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2012FriOct 26Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2013TueOct 15Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2014SunOct 5Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2015ThuSep 24Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2016TueSep 13Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2017SatSep 2Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2018WedAug 22Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2019MonAug 12Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
2020FriJul 31Eid ul AdhaMuslim 

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