Riyadh: The first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on September 24, Saudi Arabia said on Sunday, Al Arabiya TV reported.

The announcement was made after the kingdom’s official moon-sighting body detected the Dhul Hijjah crescent.

September 23 will be Arafat day, since Eid Al Adha comes one day after Muslim pilgrims stand on Mount Arafat in the outskirts of Makkah in western Saudi Arabia as part of their pilgrimage.

It was previously thought that Eid Al Adha would begin on September 23 following Arafat Day on September 22, but with the moon-sighting committee in Saudi Arabia being the official body to declare Islamic holidays, the new announcement will be considered the final word.

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