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Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha 2019 and 2020

Eid al-Adha is a public holiday in Yemen. It is the holiest day of the year to Muslims, and it is also a time when some in Yemen are away on Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia if they are financially and physically able to do so.

201910 AugSatEid al-Adha Holiday
11 AugSunEid al-Adha
12 Aug to 14 AugMon to WedEid al-Adha Holiday
202030 JulThuEid al-Adha Holiday
31 JulFriEid al-Adha
1 Aug to 3 AugSat to MonEid al-Adha Holiday

Eid al-Adha commemorates the act of offering Ishmael to Allah by Ibrahim according to Koranic tradition. It is said that Allah was pleased with Ibrahim’s obedience but spared Ishmael by providing a goat to be sacrificed instead.

The actual places where the events of Eid al-Adha took place, according to Muslim belief, are in and around Mecca. But most Muslims stay home and sacrifice a sheep or goat on this day. The meat is the basis for a family feast, while part of it is given to the poor.

Also, many attend mosque or outdoor prayer sessions, visit relatives and friends, exchange gifts, and greet everyone they meet with a “Happy Eid!” Children are often given gifts and candy.