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Saudi Arabia Says Eid Al Adha to be Celebrated on Oct….

Fez- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha will be observed Saturday October 4. Experts gathered to sight the moon in order to ascertain the exact date of the Eid al-Adha celebration as the Islamic calendar is lunar-based. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah.The Eid al-Adha celebration marks the end of hajj, a religious pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims each year. The day of Arafat, known the most important day of the pilgrimage, will fall on October 3rd , according to Saudi Arabia’s announcement.The Islamic calender is based on Moon’s movements and many Muslim communities rely on eye-sighting of the crescent to mark the start of a month while some countries base the calender on astronomic charts.The last month of the Islamic lunar calendar,”Dhu al-Hijjah” which literally means “Possessor of the Pilgrimage,” marks when Muslim pilgrims from across the world congregate at Islam’s holy capital Mecca to visit the Kaaba.The Hajj (pilgrimage), one of the five pillars of Islam, is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month.The Day of Arafa, the eve of Eid al-Adha, takes place on the ninth of the month while Eid al-Adha begins on the tenth day and ends on the thirteenth. read more