Saudi Arabia announces a 6-day Eid al-Fitr break for employees

In honor of Eid al-Fitr, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has approved a major vacation extension for workers in the public and commercial sectors.

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Recently made public, this holiday consists of a four-day respite beginning on Monday, April 8, which in the Islamic calendar is Ramadan 29, 1445. Residents will have an unbroken six-day respite, with regular work operations returning on Sunday, April 14, as Friday and Saturday are the Kingdom's official weekend days.

The Ministry has underscored the importance of employers adhering to the regulations specified in Article 24, paragraph 2, of the executive regulations of the Labor Law. Eid al-Fitr marks the culmination of Ramadan, the sacred month that began on March 11. Throughout Ramadan, Muslims worldwide observe fasting from dawn to dusk, dedicating themselves to spiritual pursuits.

According to the Islamic lunar timetable, the Hijri Year typically lasts 354 or 355 days. That is why the length of Ramadan fluctuates from 29 to 30 days, depending on the sighting of the moon. In the month of Shawwal, which comes after Ramadan, people joyfully celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

On the other hand, United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals may choose to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr in April by taking advantage of an even longer vacation period. The public and private sectors' vacation schedules have been released by the UAE government. It says that in order to commemorate Eid al-Fitr, people will have a holiday from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. Depending on whether Ramadan lasts 30 days or 29 days, Easter will be observed on either April 9 or April 10.

This announcement brings much anticipation and excitement among residents, offering them a well-deserved break to spend time with family and loved ones and to engage in festivities marking the end of Ramadan. It also reflects the commitment of the government to support religious observances and provide adequate time for rest and celebration for the workforce across the country.

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