Dubai: Saturday, July 9, will be the first day of Eid Al Adha as the crescent moon of the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijjah was visible on Wednesday evening from Tamir Observatory in Saudi Arabia.
Accordingly, Thursday, June 30 is the first day of Dhu Al Hijjah, marking the start of the Hajj pilgrimage season this year.
The first day of Eid Al Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijjah. Arafat Day falls on the ninth day of Dhu Al Hijjah, which is on Friday, July 8.
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court earlier called on all Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the Dhu Al Hijjah crescent moon on Wednesday evening.
The moon of Dhul Hijja 1443 AH has been sighted in Oman. Therefore, the first day of this month in the Sultanate of Oman will be tomorrow Thursday, while the first day of Eid Al Adha will be on Saturday, 9 July 2022.
Following the sighting of the crescent moon on Wednesday evening, it has been announced that the first day of Eid Al Adha will be on Saturday, 9 July 2022.
Crescent not sighted in many countries
The Dhu Al Hijjah moon was not sighted in Pakistan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Brunei. These countries will be celebrating the first day of Eid Al Adha on July 10.
Eid Al Adha
Muslims performs the annual Hajj pilgrimage during the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijjah which culminates in celebrating Eid Al Adha on the 10th day of Hajj rituals.
Eid Al Adha or the 'Feast of Sacrifice, is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for God.
The festival falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.
UAE public holiday
According to the UAE’s approved holiday calendar, Eid Al Adha holiday will be four days starting from Friday, July 8 till Monday, July 11 with work expected to resume on Tuesday, July 12.
However, the Eid holiday might be extended to 10 days if the Cabinet decided to prolong it until Sunday, July 17 as was the case during Eid Al Fitr when the cabinet approved a weeklong holiday instead of five days.