Eid Al Fitr holiday announced for the private sector

Muslims offer Eid al Fitr prayers in front of the historic Taj Mahal in Agra India,Reuters file

Muslims offer Eid al Fitr prayers in front of the historic Taj Mahal in Agra India,Reuters file

The Islamic Crescent Observation Project (Icop) has said that astronomically Eid Al Fitr of Hijri year 1438 will be on Sunday, June 25 in most Muslim countries, considering that sighting of the moon is a precondition for the beginning of the month of Shawwal.

Current estimates suggest that this year, Eid will fall on Sunday (25 June) or Monday (26 June).

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ABU DHABI// The Eid Al Fitr holidays for all private sector employees will be over the first and second days of Shawwal, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced on Saturday. While they might start searching the night skies for any visibility of the moon from Saturday, chances are they will be able to break their fast no sooner than Monday.

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During Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims observe a dawn-to-dusk fast, engaging in spiritual reflections and charitable activities.

The official Eid holidays for the private sector have just been announced via the ARN news centre. It is usually celebrated for one, two or three days. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are the most important holidays in Islam.

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