27.8 C
Doha
Monday, April 19, 2021

Saudi Arabia declares Eid Al-Adha to be on Sept. 24, 2015

-

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

With reporting from Lesley Walker

Because the new moon was not sighted last night, Eid Al-Adha (the festival of the sacrifice) will fall on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The first day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah will be tonight after sunset, and Eid always falls on the 10th day of that month.

Eid coincides with Hajj, a pilgrimage that millions of Muslims make to holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims at Mt. Arafah during Hajj
Pilgrims at Mt. Arafah during Hajj

That includes to Makkah, home of the Grand Mosque, where a falling crane killed more than 100 people over the weekend. As Saudi Arabia investigates the accident, authorities said Hajj will continue as planned.

Eid comes just after the descent of pilgrims from Mount Arafat, a hill east of Makkah on which the Prophet Muhammad gave his final sermon.

During Eid Al-Adha, Muslims sacrifice an animal (usually a sheep, goat, cow, or camel) as something of an offering to God as the Prophet Abraham once did.

The meat is then distributed among themselves, family and friends.

Preparations

Qatar has yet to announce the official holiday dates, but will likely have the same starting day for Eid as Saudi Arabia.

QNA reported yesterday that government employees will receive an advance on their salary on Sept. 20 ahead of Eid.

QDC
QDC

Meanwhile, the nation’s sole liquor store Qatar Distribution Company will for the first time be closed for the two weeks up to and during Eid.

QDC was shut from yesterday, Sept. 13 and will reopen on Sept. 26, according to a recording on the warehouse’s answering machine.

The move comes after hotels in Qatar were also instructed by the government to cease selling alcohol in the nine days prior to Eid and on the first day of the celebration itself.

Even for observant Muslims who are not performing Hajj, the first 10 days of this month are believed to blessed days to undertake good deeds.

When Eid itself begins, the Qatar Tourism Authority said it will hold a five-day festival that includes entertainment and cultural shows and events at Katara Cultural Village, Souq Waqif and the malls.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

New this year will be a Frozen sing-a-long and a performance from an Arabs Got Talent star, QTA said in a statement today, adding:

“Through the Eid Al Adha Festival theme, ‘Capture Joy,’ QTA will also be launching a campaign inviting visitors and residents to capture the joyful memories associated with Eid and share their experiences of Eid in Qatar through images and words on various online platforms.”

Stay tuned for official government, bank and school holiday dates.

Thoughts?

9 COMMENTS

Subscribe
Notify of
9 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
qatari
qatari
5 years ago

” Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah” thul Hijjah would be more accurate . just saying

asif ِAhmed
asif ِAhmed
5 years ago

“The meat is then distributed among themselves, family and friends” is wrong information, it is distributed mainly among poor persons as well as relatives and friends. GCC countries also send tons of meat to some of Asian and African countries.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

I have a question. If you are a vegetarian muslim, what do you do in place of the animal sacrifice?

Omar
Omar
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You can donate it

MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  Omar

I would donate to to my tummy. It’s not my favorite animal but I’ll swallow.

Eid Mubarak!

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

Please pray for QDC.

Jen
Jen
5 years ago

Can someone explain why alcohol is banned in this time ( I don’t drink but am curious). Because if it is not seen as something good should it not be banned all the time? So if it is allowed most of the time,why not always. What is the religious significance of the 14 days before Eid? Is it something similar to like Catholics not eating meat on Fridays as a part of fasting? I have been in Qatar 9 yrs so I am really interested to know.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  Jen

I don’t know what the official line is re the change, but the first 10 days of this Islamic month are supposed to be pretty special, as Muslims are going to Hajj and traditionally even non-pilgrims have spent it doing extra acts of worship etc, especially on the day before Eid. So perhaps that’s why they’re curbing alcohol usage during this time period.

More here: http://ilmfeed.com/10-reasons-we-should-take-the-first-10-days-of-dhul-hijjah-seriously/

Masboro
Masboro
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Why don’t the officials responsible explain their reasoning behind this change? At the moment it just looks like another attempt to ‘alienate’ a large proportion of Qatar’s population and discourage many foreign tourists.

Related Articles

- Advertisment -

Most Read

Subscribe to Doha News below!

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.