Caretakers announce three-day holidays for Eidul Azha

Published: August 15, 2018
August 21 to 23 (Tuesday to Thursday) have been declared public holidays. PHOTO: EXPRESS

August 21 to 23 (Tuesday to Thursday) have been declared public holidays. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government has announced a three-day holidays on account of Eidul Azha.

According to the Interior Ministry notification issued on Wednesday,  August 21 to 23 (Tuesday to Thursday) have been declared public holidays.

On August 12, Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman announced sighting of the Zilhaj moon and that Eidul Azha will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday, August 22. The decision was taken following a meeting of the committee, held in Karachi to sight the crescent.

Zilhaj moon sighted, Eidul Azha on August 22

Eidul Azha commemorates the Quranic tale of the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah, before the Almighty replaced the son with a ram to be sacrificed instead.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and other Gulf states will celebrate the Eid on Tuesday, August 21 after Zilhaj moon was sighted in the region on Saturday night.

A similar story involving Ibrahim is recounted in the holy books of Judaism and Christianity. It is tradition for those who can afford to sacrifice domestic animals as a symbol of Ibrahim’s willingness to
sacrifice his only son.

Ready for Eid: The cows are back in town

The result is a booming pre-holiday trade in goats, cows and sheep. In Pakistan alone, nearly 10 million animals, worth more than $3 billion, are slaughtered during the two days of Eidul Azha, according to the Pakistan Tanners’ Association.

Eidul Azha marks the end of an annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, and should be undertaken by every Muslim who can afford to do so.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Archer
    Aug 15, 2018 - 9:48PM

    So if eid is on Wednesday, we will have to show up for work on the 3rd day of Eid? Best of luck with that! Recommend

  • Anoni
    Aug 15, 2018 - 10:09PM

    Wish they could have been more insight ful and had given friday off ..allowing people to visit their dear ones .. no need for tuesday off. Just shows that common people are never considered in any decisionRecommend

  • M.Asif
    Aug 15, 2018 - 10:17PM

    Well but Gov’t should announce holiday on Friday 24th August. As it is very difficult for govt employees to travel on the eid second day so that they may able to report on Friday. Surprised to listen this newsRecommend

  • Sultan
    Aug 16, 2018 - 8:41AM

    It is a very disappointing decision . No relief for working employees . They should have considered friday off.
    Insane decisionRecommend

  • Hadyal Singh
    Aug 16, 2018 - 9:56AM

    How about employees who are living in village or at distance, will they come for one day… shows in-competencies of care taker govt. Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Aug 16, 2018 - 12:44PM

    My Dear Friends, please read between the lines. Government is encouraging to make TULLA on Friday indirectly. So make the TULLA on Friday. I ll do the same.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Aug 16, 2018 - 1:12PM

    No need of Holiday for Hajj on tuesday, Friday should be off , as it is Eid Day !Recommend

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