ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Monday declared November 7 and 8 as holidays for Eidul Azha.
The government also announced a holiday on November 9 for Iqbal Day.
The public holidays for Eid and Iqbal day result in a five-day weekend starting from Saturday, November 5.
Earlier this week the moon of the Islamic month of Zilhaj was sighted in Pakistan and Eidul Azha and confirmed by the Chairman of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneebur Rehman.
Eidul Azha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious day celebrated by Muslims across the world to commemorate the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail (AS) as an act of obedience to God, before he intervened to replace a ram instead of Hazrat Ismail (AS).
Eidul Azha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the last Islamic month of Zilhaj of the lunar Islamic calendar. The celebrations begin after the Hajj pilgrims descend from Mount Arafat. The Hajj congregation is also the world’s largest annual gathering.
Correction: The spelling of ‘government’ was misspelled in the headline earlier. The error has been rectified.
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