Federal govt announces three-day holiday for Eid-ul-Adha

The federal government has officially declared a three-day holiday for Eid-ul-Adha, following the approval of the proposal by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The holidays will start on Monday, June 17, and end on Wednesday, June 19. With the preceding weekend included, citizens will enjoy a five-day break.

The announcement came after the sighting of the Zilhaj moon on Friday, marking the beginning of the month of Zilhaj, the 12th and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid-ul-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, will be celebrated on June 17.

Significance of Eid-ul-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha is one of the two major Islamic festivals, the other being Eid-ul-Fitr. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son in obedience to ALLAH’s command. This act of devotion is honoured through the ritual of Qurbani, or sacrifice, where Muslims slaughter an animal, typically a goat, sheep, cow, or camel. The meat from the sacrifice is then distributed among family, friends, and the needy.

Observance and traditions

The observance of Eid-ul-Adha begins with a special prayer held in mosques and open areas, followed by the sacrificial rituals. The sacrifice can be performed over the three days of Eid, symbolising the values of charity, community, and gratitude. Families often come together to share festive meals, give gifts, and participate in communal prayers.

The holy month of Zilhaj

Zilhaj is regarded as one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar. The first nine days of Zilhaj are particularly significant, with many Muslims choosing to fast during this period. The month culminates in the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha, emphasising the importance of faith, devotion, and compassion in Islamic teachings.

Nationwide preparations

As the nation prepares for the extended holiday period, markets and shops are bustling with people buying clothes, gifts, and sacrificial animals. Cities across Pakistan are adorned with lights and decorations to mark the festive occasion. Authorities have been instructed to ensure smooth operations in livestock markets, maintain public order, and facilitate safe travel for those visiting their hometowns for the celebrations.

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