Eid Al Adha 2024: From Moon Sighting To Holidays, All About The Festival In The Middle East

Moon-Sighting Magic: Saudi Arabia Preps for Eid Al Adha.

by Deeplata Garde
Eid Al Adha 2024: From Moon Sighting To Holidays, All About The Festival In The Middle East

As Eid Al Adha approaches, Saudi Arabia calls upon its citizens to see the crescent moon on Thursday evening, marking the onset of the holy celebration. This annual tradition not only signifies the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah but also sets the stage for one of the most significant festivals in the Islamic calendar.

The Call For Moon-Sighting

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has officially called upon Muslims across the Kingdom to sight the crescent of the Dhul-Hijjah moon on Thursday evening, Dhu al-Qi’dah 29, 1445 AH. The court urges anyone who sees the crescent, whether with the naked eye or through binoculars, to report to the nearest court and register their testimony. This call to action is a cherished part of Islamic tradition, ensuring that the holy festival of Eid Al Adha is celebrated at the correct time.

A Festival And A Long Weekend

In the UAE, the moon-sighting process on Thursday, June 6, will determine the exact duration of the Eid Al Adha holiday, which falls in mid-June. Depending on the moon sighting, residents could enjoy a four or five-day weekend, including the regular weekend. This extended break allows Muslims to observe Arafah Day, the holiest day in Islam, followed by the three-day Eid Al Adha festival.

Combining Eid With Summer Break

Schools in the UAE will briefly reopen for just over a week before closing again for the two-month summer break. Many residents plan to combine the Eid break with the school holidays for a longer vacation, making the most of this festive period. The occasion of Eid Al Adha usually grants a few days off for both public and private sectors, but as with all Islamic holidays, the exact dates hinge on the phases of the moon.

The Significance Of Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son in obedience to God’s command. This significant event is marked by special prayers, feasts, and the act of Qurbani, or the sacrifice of an animal, which is then distributed among family, friends, and those in need.

An Anticipated Celebration

The anticipation for Eid Al Adha is palpable, as families prepare for the celebrations and the special customs that come with it. From communal prayers to sharing festive meals, the spirit of Eid Al Adha is one of unity, gratitude, and reflection.

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Be Ready For The Festivities

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As we await the sighting of the crescent moon, the excitement builds for a memorable Eid Al Adha. This year’s celebration promises to be a time of joy, reflection, and community bonding, with the bonus of a well-deserved break for many residents.

In conclusion, the upcoming Eid Al Adha in Saudi Arabia and the UAE offers a perfect blend of religious significance and holiday cheer. The moon-sighting process is a crucial part of this tradition, ensuring that the festivities begin at the right time. So, keep your eyes on the skies this Thursday evening and get ready to celebrate Eid Al Adha with family, friends, and the wider community.

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