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Eid ul Adha in Canada

Eid al-Adha is a significant annual Islamic observance for many Muslims in Canada. 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.

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Eid al-Adha is a happy occasion that many Muslims in Canada celebrate.
Eid al-Adha is a happy occasion that many Muslims in Canada celebrate.
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What Do People Do?

Eid al-Adha is celebrated in Muslim communities throughout Canada around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah (or Dhul Hijja). It is a time marked by special prayers and many Muslims gather for special prayer services. Many people also visit family and friends, exchange greetings and gifts, and make donations to the poor and needy. Eid al-Adha is also a time for forgiveness and compassion.

The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) holds Eid festivals to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The Eid Festivals offer celebrations including a carnival of fun rides, shows, sport tournaments and various international cuisines. Thousands of people, including key leaders, often attend these events. Some politicians publicly announce their best wishes to those celebrating Eid al-Adha. Festivities can last for up to a few days.

Eid al-Adha 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 Canada may travel to Mecca prior to Eid al-Adha to make this pilgrimage. Eid al-Adha 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.

Public Life

Eid al-Adha is not a nationwide public holiday in Canada. 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, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Festival of Sacrifice, 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

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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.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
WedNov 172010Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
MonNov 72011Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
FriOct 262012Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
TueOct 152013Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
SatOct 42014Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
ThuSep 242015Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
TueSep 132016Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
SatSep 22017Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
WedAug 222018Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
MonAug 122019Eid ul AdhaMuslim 
FriJul 312020Eid ul AdhaMuslim 

Quick Facts

Many Muslims in Canada celebrate Eid al-Adha around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Eid ul Adha 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Eid ul Adha 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Eid ul AdhaEnglish
Aïd el-KebirFrench
Eid al Adha (Opferfest)German
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.

List of dates for other years

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