SAUDI: EID AL-ADHA TO START ON SEPTEMBER 24

Sun rises behind a minaret on Abu Dhabi- Dubai highway, United Arab Emirates, Sunday Nov. 6, 2011. Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Adha Sunday. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

Arab Saudi, 1 Dzulhijjah 1436/14 September 2015 (MINA) – Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that Eid al-Adha, one of two important religious holidays observed by Muslims around the world, will start on Thursday, September 24, a day earlier than expected, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Sunday.

The announcement was made after the kingdom’s official moon-sighting body watched for the Dhul Hijjah crescent, which is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.

The Islamic lunar calendar depends on sightings of the moon a practice which can at times prove difficult. 

Eid al-Adha honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his promised son, Ishmael as an act of submission to God’s command. It is separate from Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

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Eid celebrations start after the descent of the pilgrims performing from Mount Arafat, a hill east of Makkah. Eid sacrifices – where an animal, often a goat, is slaughtered – may take place until sunset on the 13th day of Dhul Hijjah. (T/P007/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)

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