Next Long Holiday for UAE Residents: 5-day Break for Eid Al Adha; Likely Dates Revealed

Next Long Holiday for UAE Residents: 5-day Break for Eid Al Adha; Likely Dates Revealed

Residents of the UAE are returning to their usual schedules after a month of shortened workdays during Ramadan and a nine-day break to celebrate the Islamic holiday Eid Al Fitr. The longest holiday of the year may be done, but the next greatest thing is probably only a few weeks away: a five-day respite.

The prolonged weekend to celebrate Eid Al Adha and the holiest day in Islam, Arafah Day, is expected to be enjoyed by residents of the United Arab Emirates. The second week of June will mark the break. The precise dates will be revealed closer to the event, as stated by Khateeb at Al Manar Islamic Center and Imam of NGS, Sheikh Ayaz Houzee.

Based on the lunar calendar, Eid Al Adha is roughly two months and a few days after Eid Al Fitr in the Islamic calendar. Sheikh Ayaz explained,

"The Islamic calendar shifts in the dates of both Eid festivals each year, advancing approximately 10 to 11 days earlier annually due to its reliance on the lunar cycle."

Depending on when the crescent Moon is visible in the night sky, the Islamic Hijri calendar months have a duration of either 29 or 30 days. On Dhul Hijjah 9, Arafah Day falls under the Islamic calendar. The three days following are used to celebrate Eid Al Adha.

Likely Eid break dates

Dhul Hijjah 1 is most likely on Saturday, June 8, according to the Hijri calendar that is posted on the website of the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD). The same date is predicted by astronomical calculations, according to Dubai Astronomy Group operations manager Khadijah Ahmad.

In that case, Sunday, June 16 (Dhul Hijjah 9) is Arafah Day. Thus, Monday, June 17 (Dhul Hijjah 10), is Eid Al Adha. Thus, the break is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 19. To commemorate the celebration, there will be five days off, including the weekend of Saturday, June 15. If more time is needed, these dates will be changed based on Moon sightings.

Significance of Eid Al Adha

The festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, is one of the most important holidays in Islam. It honors Prophet Ibrahim's (PBUH) readiness to offer his son as a sacrifice in submission to Allah.

Eid al Adha serves as a reminder of the virtues of compassion, sacrifice, and faith that are fundamental to Islamic culture. Muslims assemble at mosques for Eid prayers at the start of the day in order to ask for blessings and direction.
Following their prayers, they give one other hugs and kisses to show their happiness and appreciation.

Delectable feasts are prepared to represent the generosity and richness of God's blessings.

The Qurbani, or animal sacrifice, is the main event of Eid al-Adha celebrations. It represents the act of devotion performed by Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) to Allah.

Three portions are taken from the sacrificed animal's meat: one for the family, one for friends and family, and one for the less fortunate members of the community.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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