How Saudis Celebrate Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha in Saudi Arabia begins with the religious rituals. Men wear their clothes and perfume themselves with the oud, following the example of the Holy Prophet. They go to mosques to perform the Eid prayer, listen to the Eid sermon, and then repeat the Eid takbirat.


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After that, as part of the Eid customs in Saudi Arabia, children carry baskets of sweets and dates to distribute to the worshipers.

Slaughtering Eid Sacrifice

Saudi family members gather in the morning to slaughter the Eid sacrifice, then  they distribute it to those who deserve it. After that, the family prepares breakfast for all the members.

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They begin exchanging visits and greetings. During Eid al-Adha in Saudi Arabia, every home offers Eid hospitality. This includes maamoul, cakes with dates, kilija, coffee, and chocolates decorated with Eid phrases or drawings of sacrifices.

Among the customs and traditions of Saudi Arabia during Eid is the family members gathering in the home of the head of the family to eat lunch made from the sacrificial meat: such as mandi, kabsa, harees, marqooq, maraheef, masabib, and marasa. These are of course famous foods in Saudi society. The family shares food in an atmosphere full of love and joy to enhance family bonding and family ties.

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Preserving Customs, Traditions

Some Saudis maintain traditions during Eid al-Adha by gathering with neighbors and family after prayers. They exchange congratulations and share coffee and sweets, reflecting brotherhood and social interdependence.

Families bring out the Eid meals prepared from the sacrificial animals in a large feast from which relatives, passers-by, and others who prepare the meals eat in a way. This reflects the depth of love and compassion among members of society.

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Inherited Customs During Eid al-Adha

Many families insist that children wear traditional Saudi dress to Eid prayers before changing into new Eid clothes that bring them joy. This also helps preserve heritage and pass it on to future generations. Women, neighbors, and relatives gather on the eve of Eid in one house. Moreover, the grandmother or a neighbor draws henna for the girls and women.

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Eid al-Adha Preparations at Home

Saudis decorate the dining table by using colorful dishes. They also place various sweets that are special for the holiday, such as stuffed dates, cakes, and chocolate. They also place colorful sheets, and buy a new luxurious coffee pot to place on the table.

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The Saudis also use artistic paintings with Islamic-style drawings, such as those that express Saudi history and details.

In addition to using Ramadan lanterns, but in other shapes suitable for Eid and hanging them on ceilings.

Eid al-Adha Destinations

Due to the high heat and severe crowding due to the Hajj season currently, Saudis prefer to travel to the sea to spend the Eid period. The best tourist destinations that Saudis visit during the Eid Al-Adha holiday:

  • Jeddah

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Jeddah is one of the major tourist and religious attractions in Saudi Arabia. Millions of tourists visit it annually to discover and enjoy its wonderful tourist places. Jeddah is a coastal city located on the Red Sea, famous for its stunning Corniche and historical areas such as Al-Balad and King Fahd’s Fountain. In addition to the unique floating mosque.

  • Taif


Taif is another major attraction in Saudi Arabia, attracting millions of tourists with its moderate atmosphere and wonderful nature. The city of Taif is located in  Makkah in the west of of Saudi Arabia, specifically on the eastern slopes of the Sarawat Mountains. It is considered an ideal destination to escape the high temperatures in the summer, and it is also a favorite resort for many people.


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  • Farasan Islands in Jazan

Farasan Islands in Jazan are a great place to visit during Eid Al Adha in Saudi Arabia. It is the most wonderful place to try snorkeling, diving, walking along the picturesque beaches, and enjoy an exceptional relaxing experience. The Farasan Islands are distinguished by the presence of peaks that exceed 2000 meters above sea level in a picturesque view.


The religious atmosphere mixes with customs and traditions on Eid al-Adha in Saudi Arabia. This is what makes Saudi Arabia stand out from other countries through its adherence and preservation of customs and traditions and keeping pace with development and change at the same time.

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