Sacrifice Feast – Aid al-Adha – “İyi Bayramlar”

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Sacrifice Feast in Turkey is four-day religious festival that Kurban Bayramı (Aid al-Adha) will be celebrated from 11st September to 15th of September in Turkey. 11st September is arefe day which is pre-bayram day. In arefe day, It is tradtion that people goes to cemetery, clean the cemetery, water the flowers ands pray for them.

Kurban Bayram is normally for days by Islamic calender. But this year Turkish Goverment has prolonged the holiday time for 9 days. So that there will be great holiday opportunity for Turkish People as well.

Be aware of that:

  • During bayram days, official places will not be open.
  • There will be many people and more traffic in Alanya
  • You will see many animals in and around Alanya.
  • Do not get surprised that if one of your neigbour cutting an animal in the garden.

The meaning of Kurban Bayramı – Aid al-Adha- Sacrifice Feast:

The Sacrifice Feast traditions in Turkey include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor.

What do people do?

The Sacrifice Feast is one of the oldest Islamic holidays in Turkey. It commemorates the story about Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who showed obedience to God by agreeing to sacrifice his son. God then sent him a ram to be sacrificed instead. The Sacrifice Feast comes about 70 days after the Ramadan Feast. According to old belief it is unlucky to get married or start a new business in the period between these two holidays.

Traditionally, on the first day of the Sacrifice Feast in Turkey, men of each family go to a mosque for a special morning prayer. Then the sacrifice ritual begins. In some regions in Turkey, people paint the sacrificial animal with henna and adorn it with ribbons. The butcher reads a prayer before slaughtering the animal. Families share about two-thirds of the animal’s meat with relatives and neighbors, and they traditionally give about one-third to the poor.

In recent years, some Turkish people started making donations to charity organizations instead of sacrificing animals. Many people in Turkey take special care to help the poor during the Sacrifice Feast.

People usually wear their best clothes during the Sacrifice Feast. They welcome guests to their homes or visit relatives or friends during the holiday. Many people in Turkey reserve the first day of the feast for visiting their closest relatives. Young people greet their older relatives and neighbors by kissing their hand as a sign of respect. Some people in Turkey may use the four-day holiday to go on a vacation.

Public Life

The Sacrifice Feast is an official four-day holiday in Turkey. Administration buildings, schools, banks and post offices are usually closed during this period. Supermarkets remain open, but may work on a special holiday schedule.

Public transport may run less frequently during the Sacrifice Feast, and fares are usually lower compared to regular days. Highways may be overcrowded due to holiday travel. Because the beginning of the Sacrifice Feast coincides with the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, both domestic and international travel in Turkey may be intense during this period.


The Sacrifice Feast takes place in the four days following the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijja. The exact dates are determined using the Islamic calendar, whose months begin with the first sighting of a new moon. The Islamic calendar begins its count from 622 CE, the year in which Prophet Muhammed (the Turkish spelling) moved from Mecca to Medina. This calendar has been in use since about 640 CE.


As we are the Visit Alanya Team: We wish you a “Mutlu Bayramlar”


  1. Can women go pray the special prayer at a mosque in Alanya on Bayrami

    • Hi,
      On Bayram at first Bayram Namaz, as I know it for men only. Cause I have never seen women. On the other hand, you may go and pray at mosques any time.


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