UAE announces Eid holiday for private sector

UAE announces Eid holiday for private sector

Muslims are now nearly at the end of their month-long fasting period known as Ramadan, which began on 16 May 2018. If it ends at 30 days and Eid falls on Saturday, they will remain closed until Sunday, with work resuming on Monday.

After a month of fasting and sacrifice, Muslims will celebrate Eid ul-Fitr after sighting of the moon which will officially end the month of Ramzan. However, the number of days in the month is only established after sighting of the moon.

The committee will be tasked with the job of spotting the new crescent moon which signals the arrival of Eid Al Fitr.

In several countries, the festival of breaking fast will be celebrated on Friday, June 15, while in other countries it will be celebrated on June 14.

The suspense over Eid date remains on till late night until it is confirmed that moon has been sighted.

Eid al-Fitr means new beginnings and it is considered auspicious to eat something sweet in order to kick-start the holy day; hence the name Meethi Eid.

The statement asked all and sundry to observe the day as such throughout the country.

Private sector staff will be off for the first and second days of the month of Shawwal (expected to be either Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday), the ministry said on Twitter.

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