When Is Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the twelfth month of Dhul Hijjah as per the Hijri calendar. While this date is the same in the Islamic calendar, the date changes from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. The reason for the difference in these dates is that the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, while the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. Hence, the lunar calendar is eleven days shorter of the solar calendar. Therefore, the date of Eid al-Adha shifts back 10 or 11 days in the Gregorian calendar. Moreover, the festival is celebrated on two different Gregorian dates in different parts of the world, due to the visibility of the crescent moon at different times.
At the Hajj pilgrimage, after completing the Hajj, millions of pilgrims reach the grounds of Mina on Bakra Eid where they sacrifice an animal. The animals that are deemed Halal or fit for sacrifice are only slaughtered. After doing so, men shave their heads, while women cut a small portion of hair from their braid. The meat is divided into three equal portions. The first part is consumed by the family, while the second portion is distributed among friends and relatives and the third portion is given to the poor and needy. The sacrifice or Qurbani is made to show an individual’s faith and belief in Allah. This religious festival is carried out for three days in Saudi Arabia as well as other parts of the world.
2016: Tuesday, September 13
2017: Thursday, August 31
2018: Monday, August 20