UAE announces Eid Al Fitr holiday for private sector workers

The public holiday will begin on Tuesday, May 11

The UAE announced Eid Al Fitr holiday dates for the private sector.

Workers will enjoy a public holiday from Ramadan 29, Tuesday, May 11, until Shawwal 3.

Shawwal 3 is expected to fall on Saturday, May 15, but is to be confirmed by the UAE's moon-sighting committee.

The decision was made by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Eid break for government staff was revealed.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources on Tuesday said the holiday would also run from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3.

What is Eid Al Fitr?

At the end of Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr is the holiday that marks the completion of the month-long fasting. Practices vary around the world, but commonly include morning prayers, public holidays, visiting with family and friends, new clothing and henna, gift-giving, and charity donations.

How do people celebrate Eid?

On the first day of Eid, Muslims typically wake just before dawn to perform Eid prayers at mosques.

Muslims tend to wear new clothes and visit family and friends.

This year’s celebrations will be muted, but no less important, as gatherings will be limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Celebrations tend to last three days.

What does Eid Mubarak mean?

The phrase "Eid Mubarak" is used to wish a happy and blessed Eid.

Updated: May 5, 2021 12:21 PM

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