UAE announces the Eid Al-Adha holiday dates for 2024

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

UAE residents are gearing up for a substantial five-day weekend in anticipation of the upcoming Eid Al Adha, with expectations pointing towards its occurrence on Monday, June 17.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Astronomical Society, has provided validation for this forecast, citing astronomical calculations that strongly suggest Arafat Day will precede Eid Al Adha on Sunday, June 16.

Arafat Day holds significant importance as it signifies the commencement of Eid al-Adha festivities, marking a period of spiritual reflection and celebration for Muslims worldwide. As part of the culmination of the Hajj season, the Tashreeq days, which traditionally follow Arafat Day, are anticipated to wrap up on Thursday, June 20.

To accommodate these religious observances, the UAE Cabinet has officially sanctioned four public holidays spanning from June 16 to 19, encompassing Arafat Day and Eid al-Adha. This decision acknowledges the cultural and religious significance of these occasions within the UAE community.

Eid al-Adha, commonly referred to as the Feast of Sacrifice, holds a special place in the Islamic calendar as a time for devotion, generosity, and familial bonds. During this period, Muslims engage in special prayers, partake in communal feasts, and perform acts of charity, reflecting on the story of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

The extended holiday period provides an opportunity for families and friends to come together, reinforcing social ties and strengthening community bonds. It also offers individuals a chance for spiritual rejuvenation and reflection, fostering a sense of unity and solidarity among UAE residents as they observe these sacred traditions.

The forthcoming five-day weekend offers UAE residents a meaningful opportunity to partake in the rich cultural and religious traditions associated with Eid Al Adha while also providing a well-deserved break for rest and relaxation amidst the festivities.

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