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24 Jul 2020 | 04:40 AM UTC

Saudi Arabia: Authorities announce Eid al-Adha to begin July 31

Saudi Arabia News Alert

Authorities announce Eid al-Adha to begin July 31, public and private holiday dates announced

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Saudi Arabia

Event

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has announced that Eid al-Adha this year will begin Friday, July 31. Saudi authorities also announced the dates of holiday for private and public sector employees to mark Eid al-Adha. Public sector employees began a two-week holiday at the end of the workday on Thursday, July 23, and this will reportedly will run through Saturday, August 8, with employees returning to work on Sunday, August 9. Private sector employees and institutions will get a four-day holiday starting from the end of the workday on Wednesday, July 29, through to Sunday, August 2, and will return to work on Monday, August 3.

Exact dates may vary by one or two days and depend on local lunar sightings. COVID-19 measures are to be adhere to at all times. A heightened security presence is possible. Significant disruptions to public sector services should be expected throughout the celebrations.

Context

Eid al-Adha is one of the most widely observed holidays in Islam and coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. According to Islamic customs, worshippers usually slaughter a sheep or goat to share the meat with their family and neighbors.

Restrictions and social distancing measures remain in place amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Advice

Individuals in Saudi Arabia are advised to adhere to local cultural customs, allow for additional travel time, remain vigilant, avoid large public gatherings, and obey all local regulations. Continue to follow official directives surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and measures at all times. Anticipated disruptions to business and transport throughout the celebration period.

 

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