UAE: Dhul Hijjah crescent moon spotted in Abu Dhabi for Eid Al Adha

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According to the government's list of public holidays, residents are scheduled to receive one day off for Arafah day and three days off for Eid Al Adha.

Public Holiday Announcement

The UAE government has announced public holidays for residents, granting one day off for Arafah Day and three days off for Eid Al-Adha. These holidays align with the Islamic calendar and are based on the sighting of the crescent moon, marking the beginning of the month of Dhul Hijjah.

Crescent Sighting in Abu Dhabi

On Friday, June 7, the crescent of the month of Dhul Hijjah 1445 was sighted from Abu Dhabi. The UAE's Astronomy Centre shared an image of the faint crescent, captured by the Al-Khatim Astronomical Observatory at 10 a.m. UAE time (6 a.m. GMT), on social media platforms. This sighting is significant as it marks the commencement of preparations for Eid al-Adha festivities.

Traditionally, Islamic countries rely on local moon sightings to determine the start of Dhul Hijjah and the celebration of Eid al-Adha. In Saudi Arabia, the crescent moon indicating the onset of Dhul Hijjah was spotted on Thursday, June 6.

These announcements are pivotal for Muslims as they prepare for the pilgrimage to Mecca and the ritual of standing at Arafat during the Hajj pilgrimage. Additionally, families and communities across the UAE anticipate the upcoming Eid Al Adha celebrations, which involve special prayers, charitable acts, and feasting.

The allocation of public holidays provides residents with the opportunity to observe these religious and cultural traditions, fostering a sense of unity and shared celebration within the community. It also acknowledges the significance of these events in the lives of individuals and families across the UAE.

The sighting of the crescent moon and the subsequent announcements regarding public holidays serve as reminders of the rich religious and cultural heritage that shapes the lives of people in the UAE and around the world. They reinforce the importance of tradition, faith, and community in the fabric of society, fostering a sense of belonging and reverence for shared values.

Moreover, these public holidays offer individuals a chance for introspection and spiritual renewal. As Muslims gather for prayers and festivities during Eid al-Adha, they also engage in acts of charity, reflecting on the importance of sacrifice and compassion. The observance of Arafah Day provides an opportunity for devout Muslims to engage in prayer and contemplation, deepening their connection to their faith and community. In essence, these holidays serve as reminders of the values of unity, gratitude, and humility, enriching the cultural tapestry of the UAE and fostering a sense of solidarity among its diverse population.

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