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Eid al-Adha in United States

Quick Facts

Eid-al-Adha is an Islamic festival to mark Ibrahim's willingness to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son. It is celebrated around the 10th to 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

Local names

NameLanguage
Eid al-AdhaEnglish
Eid al-AdhaSpanish
חג הקורבןHebrew
عيد الأضحىArabic
이드 알아드하Korean
Eid al-AdhaGerman

Alternative names

NameLanguage
Feast of the SacrificeEnglish
Celebración del SacrificioSpanish
Islamisches OpferfestGerman

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.
List of dates for other years

Many Muslims in the United States observe Eid-al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, each year. This festival commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. This festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

hands showing their power of unity

Eid al-Adha is a time for wishing one another well.

©iStockphoto.com/Aman Khan

What do people do?

Many Muslims in the United States celebrate Eid al-Adha with prayers and social gatherings. The Eid al-Adha services can attract thousands of Muslims in various places such as Chicago (Illinois) and Orlando (Florida). Many Muslims of many heritages, including North Africa, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, wear traditional clothes and share their national dishes. It is a time for prayer, sharing meals, handing out gifts and wishing one another well.  

Eid al-Adha follows from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, in which Muslims are required to make at least once in their lives. Eid al-Adha is also 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 Muslims seek out a farm where they can carry out the sacrifice, but many also send money to their native lands to help fund a sacrifice. Eid al-Adha lasts for up to three days and is a time to seek mercy from God.

Public life

Eid al-Adha is not a federal public holiday in the United States. However, some Islamic organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of service and there may be some local traffic congestion around mosques.

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. The United States government issued postage stamps to commemorate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in previous years. These stamps aimed to highlight the business, educational and social contributions that Muslims made in the United States.

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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