Saudi Arabia Announces 5-Day Private Sector Holiday for Eid Al Adha 2024

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In anticipation of Eid Al Adha, Saudi Arabia has granted its private and non-profit sectors a five-day holiday.

Eid Al-Adha Holiday Announcement

Saudi Arabia has announced a five-day holiday for the private and non-profit sectors to coincide with Eid al-Adha. This announcement was made by the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MoHRSD) following an official statement detailing the dates of the holiday.

The Supreme Court confirmed that Friday, June 7, marks the beginning of Dhu Al-Hijjah, based on the sighting of the crescent moon on Thursday, according to the Umm al-Qura calendar. This early announcement allows residents and workers to prepare for the upcoming celebrations and any related travel or activities.

Key Dates and Religious Significance

This announcement was made by the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MoHRSD) following an official statement detailing the dates of Eid al-Adha. The Supreme Court confirmed that Friday, June 7, marks the beginning of Dhu Al-Hijjah, based on the sighting of the crescent moon on Thursday, according to the Umm al-Qura calendar.

The Supreme Court further noted that the day of standing at Arafat, which is the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, will fall on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Consequently, Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on the following day, Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Following the Supreme Court's announcement, the MoHRSD confirmed the holiday dates for workers in the private sector. According to a social media post by the MoHRSD, the holiday will span from Saturday, June 15, to Tuesday, June 18. Since Friday is already a weekend day in Saudi Arabia, many employees will benefit from an extended break from Friday, June 14, to Tuesday, June 18, totaling five days off from work.

The extended holiday period is expected to provide ample time for employees in the private and non-profit sectors to observe and celebrate Eid al-Adha with their families and loved ones. This move by the Saudi government underscores its commitment to allowing citizens ample time to participate in significant religious events.

The announcement has been well-received across the Kingdom, as it ensures that employees have sufficient time to partake in the traditional activities associated with Eid Al Adha, including the pilgrimage rites for those participating in Hajj, the standing at Arafat, and the festive celebrations that follow. The holiday also provides a much-needed break for workers, contributing to their overall well-being and productivity.

The declaration of a five-day holiday by Saudi Arabia for Eid Al Adha 2024, covering both private and non-profit sectors, highlights the Kingdom's dedication to observing important religious occasions and supporting its workforce. The holiday period, beginning on June 14 and ending on June 18, aligns with the significant events of the Islamic calendar, offering employees an extended break to celebrate and reflect.

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