Festival moon. (Photo: Symbolic)
According to the English calendar, July 9 may be the first day of Eid-ul-Azha this year. Although the holy festival usually depends on the sighting of the moon. However, with the help of astronomy, it is possible to predict in advance when the festival day may come.
According to the Arabic calendar, Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Zbilhaj. Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the board of directors of the Emirates Astronomy Society, said July 9 (Saturday) could be the first day of Eid al-Adha.
According to the Dubai-based Khaleej Times on Monday (May 23rd), Arafat’s day, the day before Eid al-Adha, is also a holiday according to the UAE’s official calendar. As such, this year the UAE residents will be able to enjoy their holiday for four consecutive days from the 9th to the 12th of the month of Zbilhaj.
In the English calendar, the holidays can be from the 7th of July (Friday) to the 12th (Monday). In other words, the three-day holiday of Arafat Day and Eid al-Adha is not adding any weekly holiday to government and non-government employees in the UAE.
Incidentally, fasting in the UAE started on April 2 this year in line with Saudi Arabia. The next day, that is, April 3, fasting began in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and most of the Asian countries. Later, in view of the sighting of the moon in the month of Shawwal on May 1, the countries of the Middle East including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on May 2. And the next day Eid is celebrated in Bangladesh.
If July 9 is the first day of Eid-ul-Azha in the UAE, the celebration of this festival in Bangladesh may start from July 10.
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