The crescent has been spotted by the moon sighting committee of the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday the 20th of April, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
This year Ramadan would be only 29 days. So today the people of UAE woke up to the first day of Eid filled with prayers, love, and celebration.
Citizens and Expatriates of UAE will be enjoying a 4-day weekend
Since Eid falls on Friday, the residents of UAE will be having a 4-day break to immerse themselves in the joy and festivities this auspicious occasion brings in.
The official holidays were scheduled to be from the 29th day of Ramadan to the 3rd Shawwal, according to the Islamic lunar calendar, that is from April 20th Thursday to April 23rd Sunday in the Gregorian calendar. On the 4th day of Shawaal, Monday (24th of April) the employees of both the private and public sectors will be returning to work.
The moon sighting committee has announced that the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal will be on Friday since the moon was visible on Thursday of April bringing the month of Ramadan to an end. But a few Muslim countries around the world announced that the crescent was invisible and will be celebrating Eid a day later on Saturday, the 22nd of April, which includes Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, India, and Thailand.
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen will be celebrating Eid along with the UAE.
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid by getting up early in the morning to offer prayers, which is confirmed Sunnah, usually on big grounds. After the prayers are offered the families gather together for a traditional Emirati breakfast with their highlighted dishes like Harees,baleet, khabeesa, etc
Kids alike are excited for the Eidiyah, where they receive gifts in the form of money or clothes, or something that they would love. Sometimes even adults may receive it from their elders. This tradition has been passed down from grandfathers to fathers and to their children to bring joy into the hearts of young ones. Dressing up is also a fun part of Eid.
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Women can be found wearing the traditional “Mukhawara” dress on Eid and will apply henna on their hands. Men, on the other hand, go to tailors to get new clothes stitched, often wearing the traditional “Kandoura” and “Ghutra”.Zakat Al Fitr is another compulsory tradition on Eid. It is performed in order to purify ourselves. It is also a chance to empathize with people less fortunate and to help them
Believers of Islam are required to give back to the community in the form of staple foods or any other charitable donations on the day of Eid.
The leaders of the country have expressed their good wishes and regard to the people of the nation and their neighboring countries as well as to everyone else who is celebrating Eid around the globe.