UAE unveils Eid Al-Adha 2024 holiday dates

UAE citizens are returning to their regular schedules following a month of reduced work hours during Ramadan and a nine-day break for Eid Al Fitr.

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Now that the longest holiday of the year is over, there will probably be another big break for five days. It is expected that locals will celebrate Arafah Day and the Eid Al Adha festival, which falls in the second week of June, with a long weekend.

Sheikh Ayaz Houzee, a well-known member of the Islamic community, stated that the precise dates will be established closer to the time. Thanks to the lunar adjustments of the Islamic calendar, which take place every year about 10 to 11 days early, Eid al-Adha usually falls two months and a few days after Eid al-Fitr.

Depending on when the crescent moon is visible, each month in the Hijri calendar lasts 29 or 30 days in accordance with Islamic custom. On Dhul Hijjah 9, Arafah Day is observed. Eid al-Adha is celebrated for three days afterward. Astronomical calculations indicate that Dhul Hijjah 1 will fall on Saturday, June 8, according to forecasts from the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department. Thus, it is expected that Arafah Day will fall on Sunday, June 16 (Dhul Hijjah 9), and Eid Al Adha will fall on Monday, June 17 (Dhul Hijjah 10). As a result, there would be a five-day hiatus, encompassing the previous weekend, from Sunday, June 16, to Wednesday, June 19.

In Islam, Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is a very important holiday that honors Prophet Ibrahim's submission to Allah by offering the sacrifice of his son. It acts as a reminder of the core principles of Islamic teaching, which are faith, sacrifice, and compassion. Eid prayers, which are held in mosques where Muslims congregate for blessings and spiritual instruction, usually mark the start of celebrations. After the prayers, they greet and embrace one another, showing happiness and appreciation. Rich feasts are prepared to symbolize God's bounty and kindness, with the Qurbani a sign of Ibrahim's devotion serving as a focal point. The flesh from the sacrificial animal is distributed among loved ones, close friends, and the less fortunate at this holy time, highlighting the significance of group sharing and camaraderie.

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