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. In Turkey, people usually refer to it as Kurban Bayramı.

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, including Eid Qurbani or Sacrifice Feast, head over to our dedicated calendar.

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