Saudi confirms Eid Al Adha date
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Saudi confirms Eid Al Adha date

Saudi confirms Eid Al Adha date

Sunday, July 11, is the first day of the month of Dhu Al Hijjah

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced that Sunday, July 11, is the first day of the month of Dhu Al Hijjah, since the crescent was not sighted in the kingdom on Friday evening.

Hence, Arafat Day will be observed on Monday, July 19, and the first day of Eid Al Adha (which falls on the 10th of Dhu Al Hijjah) will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 20, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Eid Al Adha, one of two Eid festivals in Islam, is celebrated by Muslims worldwide and marks the end of the Hajj ritual.

This year, Saudi Arabia has restricted the attendance to the Hajj pilgrimage to 60,000 residents and citizens residing in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry added that those wishing to perform Hajj must be free from chronic diseases, be between the age of 18-65 and should be vaccinated.

Read: Saudi Arabia to allow only residents and citizens to attend Hajj 2021; limits number of pilgrims to 60,000

This is the second year in a row where attendance to Hajj has been restricted as a result of the virus.

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