Eid Al-Adha 2024 is just around the corner (June 16, to be precise)and it’s about time you get your ethnic-wear wardrobe in order.

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What is Eid Al Adha?

Eid Al-Adha, also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice,” is the second of the two major Islamic holidays, following Eid Al-Fitr. It falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Why is Eid Al Adha celebrated?

Eid Al-Adha commemorates the story of Prophet Ibrahim’s unwavering faith and willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as an act of obedience to God’s command. However, before the sacrifice could be completed, God intervened and provided a ram to be sacrificed in Ishmael’s place. This event serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of faith,submission to God’s will, and the value of sacrifice.

The importance of the Eid Al-Adha holiday period in the GCC

Eid Al-Adha holds immense significance in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. It is a time for families and communities to come together, celebrate their faith, and share blessings. The tradition of Qurbani, where an animal is sacrificed and the meat distributed to family, friends, and the less fortunate, is a central part of the festivities. This act of charity and sharing embodies the spirit of compassion and generosity that is deeply rooted in Islamic values. Additionally, Eid Al-Adha marks a period of extended holidays, allowing people to visit family, attend special prayers, and participate in various cultural events and celebrations.

When does the break begin?

The festivities kick off with Arafat Day, commemorating the second day of Hajj pilgrimage. It’s anticipated to fall on either Saturday, June 15th or Sunday, June 16th. An official announcement confirming the exact date will be based on moon sighting closer to the time.

Following Arafat Day comes Eid Al Adha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice.” This joyous occasion, celebrated on the 10th of Dhuʻl-Hijjah, is a time for Muslims to gather with loved ones, share meals, and spread good cheer.Eid Al Adha is expected to begin on the evening of Sunday, June 16th or Monday, June 17th, depending on the Islamic calendar. The celebrations typically last for three days, from the 10th to the 12th of Dhuʻl-Hijjah.

How many days of break will the public and private sector get?

Now, here’s the exciting part – the potential break! UAE residents can anticipate a 4-day or even a 5-day weekend depending on when Arafat Day falls. If it lands on a Saturday, you’ll get the following three days off, translating to a four-day break. But if Arafat Day falls on a Sunday, then Eid Al Adha will begin on a Monday, with public holidays extending to Tuesday and Wednesday, giving you a fantastic five-day weekend.

The final confirmation regarding the exact dates will be announced closer to the occasion. So, keep your eyes peeled for official pronouncements and get ready to celebrate Eid with family and friends! This extended break is the perfect opportunity to plan staycations, catch up on some rest, or explore the UAE.

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