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Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha in India

Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr-Id), which is also known as Eid al-Adha or Id-ul-Adha, is a festival that Muslims celebrate with special prayers, greetings and gifts. It is a gazetted holiday in India and is also referred to as the festival of sacrifice.

Many Muslims sacrifice a sheep or goat on Eid al-Adha.

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What Do People Do?

Id-ul-Zuha is a festival that is celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety in India and the world. Many Muslims wear new clothes and attend an open-air prayer meeting during Id-ul-Zuha. They may sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the meat with family members, neighbors and the poor. Many Muslims feel that they have a duty to ensure that all Muslims can enjoy a meat based meal during this holiday.

Public Life

National, state and local government offices, post offices and banks are closed on Eid al-Adha. Islamic stores, businesses and other organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours. Those wishing to use public transport on the day may need to contact the local transport authorities to check on timetables.

Large scale prayer meetings may cause local disruption to traffic. This is particularly true of areas of India with a predominantly Muslim population.


Muslims around the world believe that Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Ibrahim followed God's orders, but his son was replaced by a sheep at the last moment. Muslims celebrate this at Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is called Id-ul-Adha in Arabic and Bakr-Id in the Indian subcontinent, because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat or "bakri" in Urdu. The word "id" derived from the Arabic "iwd" means "festival" and "zuha" comes from "uzhaiyya" which translates to "sacrifice".

About Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha in other countries

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Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha Observances

Holiday currently only shown for years 2010–2019.

Note: During a gazetted holiday, government offices and most businesses are closed so people have a day off work.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010WedNov 17Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2011MonNov 7Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2012SatOct 27Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2013WedOct 16Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2014MonOct 6Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2015FriSep 25Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2016TueSep 13Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2017SatSep 2Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2018WedAug 22Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2019MonAug 12Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday

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