Sunday, August 11 will be the first day of Eid Al Adha, according to various moon sighting committees across the Gulf region.
The new moon to mark the start of Dhu’l-Hijjah on Friday was sighted in the early evening of Thursday. This means that Eid Al Adha will fall on the 10th day of Dhu’l-Hijjah, or August 11.
According to a statement issued by the Saudi Supreme Court, the announcement came after the court committees checked and saw the crescent of Dhu’l-Hijjah 1440 on Thursday evening. Following Saudi Arabia, UAE announced that Eid Al Adha will be on August 11.
Earlier, Qatar News Agency (QNA) had reported that Eid al-Adha is expected to be celebrated on August 11, based on astronomical predictions by Qatar Calendar House.
Oman to have Eid Al Adha on August 12
Since, moon sighting committees in Oman have not been able to see the Dhu’l-Hijjah moon for AH1440, Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs announced that the first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on Monday, August 12.
According to the Islamic lunar calendar, the first day of Eid Al Adha always falls on the 10th day of Dhu’l-Hijjah, one day after the Arafat Day.
Arafat day, the climax of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which always falls on the ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah, will fall on Saturday, August 10. On this special day hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will throng Makkah to ascend Mount Arafat, marking the peak point of the five-day Hajj ritual.
UAE’s the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) had earlier announced a four-day holiday for both the public and private sector, from 9th to 12th of Dhu’l-Hijjah.
Published on 1 August 2019