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Eid Ul Adha 2023 and Its Celebration in Saudi Arabia

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Religious Significance of Eid-ul-Adha

Eid ul Adha is known as the festival of sacrifice. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid ul Adha on the 10th of the month of Zil Hajj in the Islamic calendar. Muslims celebrate it to memorialize the faithfulness of Prophet Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah SWT.

Eid ul Adha signifies the completion of the Hajj. It takes place in the locations of Saudi Arabia, which include Mina, Makkah, and Arafah. Muslims officially perform Hajj from the 8th of Zil Hajj to the 12th of Zil Hajj. 

After Hajj, Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha on the 10th of Zil Hajj, which continues for three days; it is the second major festival in Islam.

Following are the dates, holidays, and many more details about Eid ul Adha in Saudi Arabia.

Dates And Holidays of Eid ul Adha in Saudi Arabia 2023

Eid ul Adha 2023 will start on the 27th of June (10th of Zil Hajj) till the 29th of June. Moreover, every year Muslims make many special arrangements for the Holy festival, out of which the most prominent is the sacrifice of cattle animals. 

The government of Saudi Arabia has announced the public holiday for Eid ul Adha from 28th to 1st July 2023.

How do Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha?

Muslims across the globe celebrate Eid ul Adha at the end of the Hajj. Those who participate in Hajj, Eid ul Adha indicate the conclusion of their pilgrimage. The main reason to celebrate Eid ul Adha is to follow the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim and his obedience towards Allah SWT. 

1st Day of Eid

Muslims start their day by offering the morning Fajr prayers, after which they shower and change into new/good clothes. Most families fulfill the sunnah act of having some dessert before leaving for the annual congregational Eid prayers. The Eid prayer is followed by a sermon which is obligatory to listen to. 

After the Eid prayers, families across the world partake in the sacrificing of animals, and the same meat is cooked during the day. Sacrificing animals on the 1st day is not an obligation but a sunnah act (a preferred act).

2nd and 3rd Day of Eid

Muslims continue the act of sacrificing animals throughout the 2nd and 3rd days until the sunset of the 3rd day of Eid. The meat is divided into three equal sections: one for the family’s usage, one is distributed amongst relatives and friends, and the last is given to the underprivileged people in society.


Conclusively, Eid ul Adha is the second major festival of Muslims, along with Eid ul Fitr. Eid ul Adha is followed by Hajj, an obligatory practice of Muslims, which also serves as one of the five pillars of Islam.