Eid Qurbani: Sacrifice Feast in Turkey

Eid Qurbani or Sacrifice Feast is a four-day holiday that starts on the day after the 10th day of the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, around 70 days after Sugar Feast.

Eid Qurbani Donations

Eid Qurbani Donations

What is Eid Qurbani?

Eid Qurbani or Sacrifice Feast honors the tale of Ibrahim sacrificing a ram after confirming his compliance to consecrate his son in submission to God. The holiday starts on Sacrifice Feast Eve when people get half a day off to start with Eid Qurbani preparations. Preparations for Sacrifice Feast usually include shopping for new clothes and preparing the meals for the family gatherings over the next days. It is also the moment when the head of the household chooses an animal to sacrifice; this can be a sheep or a goat, or even a cow. It is custom to donate part of the meat to the poor, sharing the rest of it during a meal with neighbors and family. As a substitute for sacrificing an animal, people sometimes choose to make a donation to charity. This tendency is especially popular in bigger cities.

Will Sacrifice Feast affect your travels?

This official 4-day holiday is one of the most important religious holidays in Turkey. Schools, government buildings, banks and plenty of businesses are closed for the entire period. Shops, however, remain open, as do restaurants and tourist attractions such as museums.

If you like to have some cash on hand, withdraw it before Eid Qurbani starts to avoid walking from one empty ATM to the next.
Some museums close for the first day or the first half day of the holiday, so please check this if you plan on visiting places on that day. In any case, if you can avoid traveling on the first and the last day of the Sacrifice Feast Holiday, we would advise you to do so. Just stay put and relax, as life tends to get hectic with people traveling to their family or even to Mecca for the Haj. Make sure that, whenever possible, you make reservations up front for any form of transport or hotels if you are in Turkey for Kurban Bayramı.

For a complete overview of public and religious holidays in Turkey, head over to our dedicated calendar.

We’re all different people, so checking reviews on TripAdvisor is always a good idea! Just know we’ve visited each place personally and all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You may also like these posts:

You may also like these posts:

Check the weather

Never wonder about the weather in Turkey again. The Turkish climate is as diverse as the country with significant differences between the regions.

This page contains the current weather and weather statistics for all regions in Turkey.

Prepare your trip

How to order a tourist visa for Turkey?

What about public transport?
Can you skip the line at Istanbul Airports?

General Turkey travel information, essential to help prepare your trip, on one page!

Work with us

Get direct access to your target audience with a proven interest in Turkey. People call us their Turkey Bible!

Contact us for a feature on our map, a destination guide, a photo shoot, or any form of professional Turkey-related content.

Ask a traveler

Are you unsure about a destination, activity or hotel? Why don’t you ask other travelers about their experience?

We have a closed Facebook group where you can ask all Turkey-related questions. You’ll get solid advice and travel inspiration.

Check the weather

Never wonder about the weather in Turkey again. The Turkish climate is as diverse as the country with significant differences between the regions.

This page contains the current weather and weather statistics for all regions in Turkey.

Prepare your trip

How to order a tourist visa for Turkey?

What about public transport?
Can you skip the line at Istanbul Airports?

General Turkey travel information, essential to help prepare your trip, on one page!

Work with us

Get direct access to your target audience with a proven interest in Turkey. People call us their Turkey Bible!

Contact us for a feature on our map, a destination guide, a photo shoot, or any form of professional Turkey-related content.

Ask a traveler

Are you unsure about a destination, activity or hotel? Why don’t you ask other travelers about their experience?

We have a closed Facebook group where you can ask all Turkey-related questions. You’ll get solid advice and travel inspiration.

JOIN THE TRIBE, FOLLOW US

Are you traveling to #Turkey during Eid Qurbani or #SacrificeFeast? Find out when it is and how to prepare for this important holiday in Turkey.