Muslims all over the world just celebrated Eid ul Fitr and now the next biggest festivity for the Muslim Ummah will be Eid ul Azha. Eid ul Azha is still a couple of months away but experts have started calculating the dates for the next long holiday.
Ebrahim Al Jarwan, Deputy Director of Sharjah Planetarium, said that as per astronomical calculations, Arafat Day is likely to be on August 21st which will be a Tuesday.
Arafat Day falls on the ninth day of the Islamic lunar calendar while the world celebrates Eid ul Adha on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja month. The dates vary every year. This year in 2018 chances are that most part of the world will celebrate Eid ul Azha on Wednesday, August 22 and in Pakistan, it might be a day late on Thursday, August 23rd, after the moon is sighted.
In Pakistan, we can expect a long holiday on Eid-ul-Azha starting from Wednesday, August 22nd to Sunday, 26th August.
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Hajj is performed everywhere by Muslims all over the globe in remembrance of the sacrifice and trials of Prophet Ibrahim. Prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son to fulfill Allah’s command. But before Prophet Ibrahim sacrificed his son, God gave a male goat for sacrifice instead. Thus every year Muslims remember the sacrifice by Hazrat Ibrahim and sacrifice an animal. They divide it into three parts one third is given to the poor and the needy, one third to relatives, friends, and neighbors and one third are retained by the family. The “festival of sacrifice”, is an occasion of celebration and learning for all Muslims.