Dubai: Eid Al Adha may be more than one month away, but experts are already calculating when residents can expect the next long weekend.
Ebrahim Al Jarwan, Deputy Director of Sharjah Planetarium, said that according to astronomical calculations, residents can expect Arafat Day to fall on Tuesday August 21.
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Arafat Day takes places on the ninth day of the Islamic lunar calendar, and Eid Al Adha takes place on the 10th day of the Dhu Al Hijja month.
This means that the first day of Eid Al Adha will correspond to Wednesday, August 22.
During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Ebrahim.
Eid Al Adha, which means the “festival of sacrifice”, is the second of two Islamic holidays and is celebrated every year by Muslims around the world.
The holiday honours Ebrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son Esmail as an act of obedience to Allah’s command.
But before the son is sacrificed, Allah’s angel Jibra’il provides Ebrahim with a male goat instead.
In commemoration of this, Muslims during Eid Al Adha sacrifice a goat and divide it into three parts: one part for the family, one part for relatives, and one part for the poor.