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SACRIFICE FEAST

SACRIFICE FEAST Muslims all over the world celebrate the Sacrifice Feast (Kurban Bayramı in Turkish) for four days from the tenth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, of the Hijri calendar. Also known as Eid al-Adha in Arabic, the Sacrifice Feast is also the period when the Muslims carry out their Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

In the Islamic tradition, one third of the meat from the sacrificed animal is distributed to friends and relatives, one third to the poor, and one third is spared to the owner of the animal. The Sacrifice Feast, which has been given different names in various countries according to the type of the sacrificed animal, is known as Bakra Eid (Goat Feast) in India and Pakistan, while in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria it is called Koç Bayram (Ram Feast).

Since the Islamic calendar is lunar-based, the Sacrifice Feast slips back 11-12 days each year in the solar-based Gregorian calendar. In Turkey, where the majority of the population is Muslim, the Sacrifice Feast, which starts on September 1 and ends on September 4 this year, will begin with the morning prayer that will be performed on the first day of the feast.

The Sacrifice Feast is an official holiday in Turkey. This year, the government decided to extend the four-day holiday to ten days. The holiday, which starts on August 26, will end on September 4.