Definition of Bairam in English:



  • either of two annual Muslim festivals, Greater Bairam and Lesser Bairam (see Eid)
    • ‘It has become part of important feasts in the West, whereas we Muslims have no other festivals except the Lesser and the Greater Bairams.’
    • ‘Then children of neighbours, elders, friends are visited and their Bairam is congratulated.’
    • ‘He felt no qualm in telling me that he too attended prayers on Eid (Bairam in local parlance) and mainly to please his mother.’
    • ‘The MRF said they were not invited to the meeting and refused to comment on Turkkan's statements because of the Ramadan Bairam holiday.’
    • ‘On Tuesday morning last, 1st Shawall, 1323, the festival of the Lesser Bairam, or Eid-ul-Fitr, was celebrated at the Liverpool Mosque in an appropriate manner.’
    • ‘They are not even allowed to go to Mosques to perform Bairam ritual worship.’
    • ‘At the end of the first day of Bairam, after such a stressful day of mandatory visits and acting as a good boy, Erkan is overwhelmed with Football Manager 2006.’
    • ‘These Bairams are named Greater Bairam and Ramadan Bairam.’
    • ‘They regard the Lesser Bairam as an important holiday and the Greater Bairams as a small holiday.’
    • ‘Millions of Muslims celebrated yesterday the first day of the Lesser Bairam.’
    • ‘The festivities for Ramadan Bairam begin after the end of the holy month.’
    • ‘In the region of Reka, the very day of Bairam celebration begins with a Ramadan-Bairam prayer; then people visit the cemetery to pay respect to passed-away ancestors and relatives.’
    • ‘President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday performed the Lesser Bairam prayers at Al Salam Mosque in the South Sinai Governorate resort of Sharm el Sheikh.’


From Turkish baïram (earlier form of bayram), from Persian baẕrām.