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Kurban Bayramı Dates: Turkey

Kurban Bayramı (Eid el-Adha), the "Feast of Sacrifice" on 10 Zilhicce (Dhul-hijja) of the Islamic Hijri calendar, will affect your travel plans if you trip to Turkey includes the four-day holiday—which can stretch to a week or more, depending upon the dates:

2021, July

In 2021, Kurban Bayramı begins with arife (preparation) onJuly 19 (Monday), the first day is July 20 (Tuesday) and it continues for four days until the evening of July 23 (Friday), with travel effects from July 17 (Saturday) through July 25 (Sunday).

2022, July

In 2022, Kurban Bayramı begins with arife (preparation) onJuly 7 (Thursday), the first day is July 8 (Friday) and it continues for four days until the evening of July 11 (Monday), with travel effects from July 7 through July 11.

2023, June

In 2023, Kurban Bayramı begins with arife (preparation) on June 27 ( Tuesday ), the first day is June 28 (Wednesday) and it continues for four days until the evening of July 1 (Saturday), with travel effects from June 27th through July 1.

2024, June

In 2024, Kurban Bayramı begins with arife (preparation) on June 15 (Saturday), the first day is June 16th (Sunday) and it continues for four days until the evening of June 19 (Wednesday), with travel effects from June 15th through June 19th

—by Tom Brosnahan

 

 

What is Kurban Bayramı (Feast of the Sacrifice)?

Kurban Bayramı, or in English, “Feast of the Sacrifice” is a special and unique holiday in Turkey. Celebrated by Muslims globally across the world, this holiday honors Ibrahim for his faithfulness and willingness to God by offering his son Ishmael as a sacrifice. This story is also mirrored in the Old Testament with the story of Abraham who offers his son up to God until an angel stops him.

How is Kurban Bayramı (Feast of the Sacrifice) Celebrated in Turkey?

Typically in Turkey, the Kurban Bayramı Holiday is centered around family and friends. This is an important time each year to connect with loved ones and enjoy time together while honoring the meaning of the feast as well. Of course, Kurban Bayramı also is quite special as far as feasting goes! Turks know how to bring their best in terms of culinary expertise and this holiday is no exception.

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