RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on July 31, Friday, the Kingdom’s Supreme Court announced Monday, according to Gulf News.
A decision by UAE, Qatar and other GCC states is expected shortly.
The Saudi Royal Court said that tomorrow (Tuesday) is the 30th of Ziqad, and Wednesday, July 22, will mark the first day of Dhu Al Hijja.
Since the first day of Eid Al Adha always falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja and one day after Arafat Day, Friday, July 31, will mark the first day of Eid Al Adha.
Youm e Arafat 2020 (Youme Arafah) i.e. Hajj Day is on 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Hence, Hajj 2020 will be on July 30. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, only 1000 pilgrims from within Saudi Arabia will perform Hajj this year.
In India, Pakistan, Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries the Moon Sighting Committees, Hilal Committees and Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet tomorrow i.e. Tuesday July 21, 2020 to decide on the sighting of the Dhul Hajjah moon, reports said.
Decision on Muslim festivals Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha is based on lunar system. As per this system, the first day of a new month is decided if moon is sighted on 29th day of the preceding month. In case the moon is not sighted, the month is counted for whole of 30 days.