Saudi Arabia: Eid Al Adha on July 20

Date for this year's holiday has been set by country's Supreme Court

epa07761071 Muslim pilgrims gather inside the Sacred Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 07 August 2019. According to Saudi authorities, some 1.8 million Hajj pilgrims have arrived so far in the kingdom for the  yearly religious rite. Around 2.5 million Muslims are expected to attend this year's Hajj pilgrimage, which is highlighted by the Day of Arafah, one day prior to Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the two Muslims holidays celebrated each year, it marks the yearly Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) to visit Mecca, the holiest place in Islam.  EPA/STR

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court announced on Friday that Eid Al Adha will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 20, after the crescent of Dhu Al Hijja was not sighted on Friday evening.

“Mutaib and Ibrahim Al Barghash recorded their testimony from the Tamir observatory and said that the crescent of the month of Dhu Al Hijja could not be sighted,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The annual Hajj pilgrimage takes place during Dhu Al Hijja, the last month of the Islamic calendar. The day of Arafat will take place on July 19, the agency added.

“Pilgrims will gather on the 17th evening in Jeddah and buses will arrive in Mina shortly after midnight,” a Hajj tour operator told The National. Hajj will begin on July 18 and end on July 22 this year.

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj Ministry said pilgrims will be received through four main reception centres on July 17 and 18. A fleet of buses equipped to transport pilgrims to ensure their safety will be available, the ministry said.

The Hajj Ministry launched an online portal for domestic pilgrims to book arrivals to Makkah.

“The Hajj and Umrah sector is going through a transformational stage and needs development sectors to help this transformation,” Dr Abdel Fattah Mashat said during a research and innovation workshop held for Hajj and Umrah services.

Updated: July 10th 2021, 11:56 AM