UAE Astronomer Predicts 1st Day Of Eid Al Adha On This Date; A 5-Day Break For Residents To Enjoy

The first day of Eid Al Adha is predicted by the UAE astronomer. It will be a long break for the Emiratis!

by Shreya Rathod
UAE Astronomer Predicts 1st Day Of Eid Al Adha On This Date; A 5-Day Break For Residents To Enjoy

The Feast of Sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha, is the second of the two major Islamic holidays. According to the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha is a four-day celebration that begins on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah. Astronomers have forecast the start date of Eid Al Adha, which coincides with the end of one public holiday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—here’s all about it.

Eid Al Adha: UAE Astronomer Predicts June 17 To Be The 1st Day

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The extended Eid al-Fitr holiday allowed the Emiratis to take a relaxing nine-day break from their busy routines and it ends on April 15. As it happens, another long weekend is on its way!

Astronomers in the United Arab Emirates predict that this year’s Arafat Day will fall on Sunday, June 16. Accordingly, UAE citizens who don’t work on Saturdays may have a five-day holiday during Eid al-Adha 2024, which may start on Monday, June 17, and last until Wednesday, June 19. June 20, that is Thursday, is when the offices will reopen.

The Emirates Astronomy Society chairman, Ibrahim Al Jarwan, recently revealed the most recent estimate for the date of Eid al-Adha in 2024. Many people have already begun organising their vacations, including exciting plans for family time, short trips, and staycations. A five-day getaway sounds nice, but if you’d want a longer break, you might also consider taking Friday, June 21, and Thursday, June 20, off. That way, you could treat yourself to an easy nine-day break that is from Sunday, June 23, to Saturday, June 15.

Precise Date To Be Known Soon

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Because the Islamic calendar is based on lunar months, there must be a sighting of the moon during a very specific phase in order for these dates to be verified in the Gregorian calendar. The UAE officials still need to confirm these dates closer to the time.

Since Eid Al Adha is observed on a few days off for both the public and private sectors, the precise dates will not be known until the moon has been officially located.

Also Read: Eid Al Fitr 2024: From Bluewaters To Yas Bay, 10 Must-See Fireworks In The UAE

This is because, like other Islamic holidays, Eid Al Adha is observed based on lunar phases.

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