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Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Albania

Albania is one of the few European countries with a large Muslim population, and that observes Eid al-Adha with an official public holiday.

202031 JulFriEid al-Adha
202120 JulTueEid al-Adha
20229 JulSatEid al-Adha
11 JulMonEid al-Adha Holiday

After years of repression of all religions in Albania, during its dark decades of Communist rule, both Christianity and Islam have re-emerged as the two dominant faiths in Albania. And both share space on the annual holidays calendar.

Eid al-Adha looks back to Ibrahim’s act of offering Ishmael as a sacrifice to Allah. After seeing Ibrahim’s willingness to obey, Allah ultimately provided a goat to be sacrificed in Ishmael’s place.

To celebrate, Muslims gather for public prayer and attend mosque. They also sacrifice an animal or receive part of an animal another family sacrificed. Then, they feast, visit family and friends, and greet each other joyfully with “Happy Eid!”