Flag of Somalia Eid al-Adha in Somalia

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is a significant religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world, including Somalia. In Somalia, Eid al-Adha is marked by communal prayers held in mosques and open grounds, where families and friends gather to worship together. The day begins early, with people dressing in their finest traditional clothes. The central ritual of Eid al-Adha is the sacrifice of an animal, usually a goat or sheep, symbolizing Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah. The meat from the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts: one-third for the family, one-third for relatives and friends, and one-third for the less fortunate, ensuring that everyone in the community can partake in the festivities.

Besides the religious rituals, Eid al-Adha in Somalia is a time for families to come together and celebrate with joyous feasts. Traditional Somali dishes such as "bariis" (rice), "hilib" (meat), and "muqmad" (dried meat) are prepared and shared among family and friends. Children often receive new clothes, toys, and money as gifts, adding to the festive atmosphere. The streets and homes are decorated, and the spirit of generosity and compassion is evident as people reach out to help those in need. Eid al-Adha in Somalia is not only a time of religious devotion but also a celebration of Somali culture and community, reflecting the values of charity, unity, and gratitude.

Eid al-Adha Observances

Wednesday June 28 2023 Eid al-Adha Public Holiday
Monday June 17 2024 Eid al-Adha Public Holiday
Saturday June 07 2025 Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
Sunday June 08 2025 Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday

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