Asian Geographic

AUG 11–14



Known as Eid al-Adha in most Muslim countries, Kurban Bayrami commemorat­es Ibrahim’s willingnes­s to submit to God’s will and sacrifice his son; Allah rewards him by instead providing a lamb to slaughter. Turks celebrate by visiting the mosque for a festive morning prayer on the first day, visiting relatives and feasting on meat dishes.

It is customary to sacrifice a lamb or a cow and share the meat with relatives, neighbours and the poor.

Schools and private establishm­ents close for the entire period of the festival starting from the eve of the festival

(called Arefe).

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