`Eid Al-Adha is expected to start on July 20, after Saudi officials have confirmed that the moon of Dhul-Hijjah was not sighted on Friday, July 9.
The announcement was made by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court and shared on social media. Therefore, Tuesday, July 20, will be the first day of `Eid Al-Adha.
“The court said that Saturday is the 30th of Dhul Qaeda, and Sunday will mark the first of Dhul Hijjah,” Haramain Info wrote on Twitter.
`Eid Al-Adha will also start on July 20, in Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Jordan which follow the country (location) of the (Hajj) rituals, i.e. Saudi Arabia.
Religious authorities in India and Bangladesh said they would look for the crescent on July 10th and 11th.
Hence, `Eid Al-Adha is expected in the two countries on Wednesday, July 21.
`Eid Al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice”, is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations, together with `Eid Al-Fitr.
It begins with special prayers to mark the day. Muslims then offer udhiyah, a ritual that commemorates the great act of sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel.