Flights to Eid Al Adha
What is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha, or the "Festival of Sacrifice," is a major Islamic holiday celebrated globally. It honours the story of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God, where God intervened and provided a ram for the sacrifice instead. This event symbolises faith, obedience and submission to God's will.
During Eid al-Adha, Muslims perform a ritual animal sacrifice, sharing the meat with family, friends and those in need. They gather for special prayers, engage in acts of charity and strengthen social bonds. The holiday serves as a time for both celebration and deepening of religious values, encouraging reflection on faith and the importance of giving to others.
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Why Book Flights to Eid al-Adha?
Booking flights to travel during Eid al-Adha offers a chance to immerse yourself in the celebrations and customs of this significant Islamic holiday. Witnessing the special prayers, communal gatherings and symbolic animal sacrifices firsthand provides a deeper understanding of the holiday's importance to Muslims. Travelling to different regions during Eid al-Adha also exposes you to diverse cultural traditions, offering a unique opportunity to experience the global Muslim community's rich tapestry of customs. However, due to the holiday's popularity, it's important to plan ahead for flights to make the most of this enriching travel experience.
Book Flights to Mecca and Medina for Eid al-Adha
Mecca and Medina, situated in Saudi Arabia, are the holiest cities in Islam and focal points of the Hajj pilgrimage. They hold profound significance as the spiritual centres Muslims face in daily prayers. Mecca's Kaaba is the faith's most sacred site, while the Hajj pilgrimage reinforces unity and equality among Muslims. Eid al-Adha draws Muslims worldwide for prayers and celebrations in Mecca and Medina. Millions of pilgrims dressed up in white garments showcase devotion and unity, capturing the significance of this holiest Islamic occasion. Please note that non-Muslims are not allowed entry into Mecca.
Eid al-Adha activities in Mecca/Medina include:
Special Eid prayers in the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque (Masjid al-Nabawi) in Medina, sacrifice rituals, community gatherings, charitable initiatives, cultural festivities and reflective moments.
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Book Flights to Istanbul for Eid al-Adha
In Istanbul, Turkey, Eid al-Adha, known as "Kurban Bayramı," is a significant celebration marked by prayers, communal feasts and acts of charity. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are the primary locations for Eid prayers, fostering a sense of unity and devotion among worshippers. The festive atmosphere is present in the city's streets, as families gather for communal meals made from sacrificial animal meat, reflecting the spirit of sharing and generosity. Acts of charity and local traditions further enhance the holiday experience, creating a vibrant and culturally meaningful celebration that blends faith, community and compassion in the heart of Istanbul.
Eid al-Adha activities in Istanbul include:
Eid prayers/mosque visits at Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, feasting and sharing, charitable initiatives, decorations, cultural traditions, community gatherings, cultural events and personal reflection.
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Book Flights to Cairo for Eid al-Adha
In Cairo, Egypt, Eid al-Adha celebrations are an exciting blend of tradition, community and culture. The city comes alive with elaborate festivities, featuring large-scale animal sacrifices that echo the story of Prophet Ibrahim. This act of sharing and generosity shows the central themes of the holiday. Traditional dishes crafted from freshly sacrificed meat are shared among families and neighbours, strengthening bonds and emphasising the spirit of giving. Cairo's streets come alive with vibrant markets and fairs, offering a diverse array of goods, from decorations to traditional treats. The city's lively atmosphere extends to communal prayers, visits to loved ones and public spaces.
Eid al-Adha activities in Cairo include:
Eid prayers/mosque visits at Al-Azhar Mosque, animal sacrifices, family gatherings, culinary delights, public festivities, charitable acts, cultural performances and community engagement within the city's parks and public spaces.
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Book Flights to Casablanca and Marrakech for Eid al-Adha
In the Moroccan cities of Casablanca and Marrakech, Eid al-Adha brings together Islamic devotion and North African culture in a unique blend of celebrations. The occasion is marked by special Eid prayers held in mosques, followed by sermons that emphasise the values of unity and compassion. The central tradition of Qurbani, or animal sacrifice, underlines the significance of sharing as families share the meat with loved ones and those in need.
Moroccan cuisine takes centre stage during the festivities, as traditional dishes prepared from sacrificial meat are savoured along with special sweet treats. The cities come alive with vibrant decorations, bustling markets and a fusion of Islamic and North African customs, creating a festive atmosphere that captures the harmony of faith and cultural heritage.
Eid al-Adha activities in Casablanca include:
Eid prayers, animal sacrifice (other known as Qurbani), traditional cuisine, community gatherings, market festivities, cultural activities, charitable acts and personal reflection.
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Book Flights to Jakarta for Eid al-Adha
In Jakarta, Indonesia, Eid al-Adha is known as "Hari Raya Idul Adha". Jakarta celebrates this holiday by combining religious observance and cultural diversity. The city comes alive with Eid prayers that are held in mosques and open prayer grounds, highlighting unity among the Muslim community. The tradition of animal sacrifices, otherwise known as Qurbani, emphasises acts of obedience and generosity as families share the meat among loved ones and those in need. To further add to the celebrations, community events and cultural festivities fill the streets of Jakarta. Parades, fairs and exhibitions offer a platform to showcase the city's diverse Islamic culture, allowing residents and visitors to experience a brand range of Eid al-Adha traditions.
Eid al-Adha activities in Jakarta include:
Eid prayers/mosque visits, animal sacrifices, community events, cultural festivities, charitable acts, family gatherings and personal reflection.
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Flights to Eid al-Adha FAQs
How do I book flights for Eid al-Adha?
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When is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha, also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice", is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah which is the last month of the lunar calendar. The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle - this means the exact date of Eid al-Adha changes every year compared to the Gregorian calendar.
To find out the specific date of Eid al-Adha for a particular year, you'd need to refer to the lunar calendar or consult with local Islamic authorities or organisations. The exact timing of the moon sighting can vary by location and different Islamic authorities or communities might follow slightly different criteria.
Eid al-Adha is expected to take place on Monday the 17th of June in 2024. Please note, this might change.
When should I start looking for flights for Eid al-Adha?
To find the best flight deals and prices for Eid al-Adha at Alternative Airlines, we recommend booking 3-6 months in advance before the holiday takes place, which is expected to be on 17th June 2024.
If you're interested in booking flights for Eid al-Adha in 2024, you should start booking your flights as early as December 2023. This early booking allows access to a broader range of choices and can help avoid the price increases that often occur closer to the holiday due to heightened demand.
Staying flexible with travel dates, monitoring flight prices and considering weekdays for travel can further enhance the chances of finding cost-effective flights for Eid al-Adha, no matter your destination.
Are flight prices higher during Eid al-Adha?
Yes, flight prices tend to be higher during Eid al-Adha due to increased demand for travel. Eid al-Adha is a significant holiday for Muslims around the world and many people travel to be with their families and loved ones during this time. As a result, airlines often raise their fares to capitalise on the high demand.
It's important to note that airlines may introduce special fares or promotions, but overall, flight prices during Eid al-Adha can be noticeably higher compared to other times of the year. To get the best deals, it's recommended to book your flights at Alternative Airlines well in advance, compare prices from different airlines and consider being flexible with your travel dates if possible.
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Are there any travel restrictions or requirements during Eid al-Adha?
Travel restrictions and requirements during Eid al-Adha can vary depending on the destination. To ensure the welfare of both travellers and the local community, there may be travel advisories, entry requirements and health protocols in place. Below are some factors you may need to consider before booking flights for Eid al-Adha:
Can I book flights for Eid al-Adha and pay later?
Of course! Here at Alternative Airlines, we're proud to offer many ways for you to pay for your flights including popular Buy Now Pay Later plans that can help you split the cost of your Eid al-Adha tickets up into smaller, more manageable payments to be paid back over time!
A few of the Buy Now Pay Layer options we offer include Tabby, Postpay, Afterpay, Klarna, PayPal Credit, Laybuy and more. You can spread the cost of your flights for Eid al-Adha into weekly, bi-weekly or monthly instalments. The repayment terms will vary depending on the plan you choose at checkout, but using these pay-later methods can ease the stress of managing your travel expenses during this holiday as you won't need to pay the full cost of your ticket upfront at all!
Are there any cultural sensitivities to be aware of when traveling during Eid al-Adha?
Yes! Respect local customs and traditions, especially in Muslim-majority countries. Modest clothing and behaviour are generally appreciated and it's courteous to avoid eating, drinking, or smoking in public during fasting hours.
Visiting Saudi Arabia for Eid al-Adha? Take a look at our blog on travel advice when visiting Saudi Arabia - we cover important topics that can help you respectfully navigate your way around the country.
Can I find last-minute deals for Eid al-Adha flights?
Last-minute flights aren't always going to be cheap! In some situations, last-minute flights may be cheaper when an airline is trying to quickly fill up seats on the plane, however, they may be pricier when an airline wants to take advantage of travellers who desperately need to travel and are willing to pay a higher ticket price to do so.
You can book last-minute flights for Eid al-Adha here at Alternative Airlines, however, we do recommend booking your Eid al-Adha flights well in advance (ideally 3-6 months before the holiday is expected to begin).