`Eid Al-Adha is expected to start on June 28, after Saudi officials have confirmed that the moon of Dhul-Hijjah was sighted on Sunday, June 18.
“The crescent moon has been sighted in Saudi Arabia,” Haramian page wrote on Twitter.
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Eid Al-Adha will also start on June 28, in Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Jordan which follow the country of the ritual, i.e. Saudi Arabia.
As many countries await moon sighting today, Japan will celebrate `Eid Al-Adha on June 29.
Also in Singapore, Mufti Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir announces that “the first day of Zulhijjah falls on Tuesday, 20 June 2023. This means that Hari Raya Haji will fall on Thursday, 29 June 2023.”
According to the Islamic Calendar, hajj begins on the 8th day of Dhul-Hijjah and ends on the thirteenth day of the same month.
`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 were willing to make for the sake of Allah.
Festivities and merriment then start with visits to friends and relatives.
Traditionally, everyone wears new clothes for `Eid, and the children look forward to gifts and the traditional `ediya (cash).