Eid ul Adha 2019 is set to take place in just a few weeks. The annual Islamic holiday has always been commemorated in the UAE with a few days off for the public and private sectors so that residents can enjoy and celebrate the time with their families and loved ones. As already announced, employees in the public and private sectors will be having the same holidays for 2019. And for this year’s Eid ul Adha, people in the UAE can expect to be granted a five day holiday! The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources had earlier confirmed the dates as taking place from Saturday, August 10th until Monday, August 12th. With the inclusion of Friday and Saturday as the weekend, this would mean that workers would get a whole four day weekend before returning to work the following Tuesday.
Recent reports however say that this holiday will now be extended to Tuesday, August 13th as the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) in Abu Dhabi has reported that Eid ul Adha will likely fall on the 11th of August. Ultimately though, UAE residents will have to wait until a few days before the purported date of Eid ul Adha to find out the exact date, as it is confirmed based on the moon sighting during that time. In 2018, the Eid ul Adha public holiday took place from the 20th of August until the 22nd.
Eid ul Adha signifies one of the two major Islamic holidays that take place annually, the other being Eid ul Fitr which happens at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Eid ul Adha, known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, commemorates the Quranic story of the Prophet Ibrahim being willing to commit the sacrifice his son in deference to God. As the story goes, Ibrahim was then provided a lamb to sacrifice instead of his son. This act is now commemorated by Muslims during Eid ul Adha through a custom of slaughtering a lamb and distributing the meat amongst one’s loved ones and the needy.