By Emerson Kinge – Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
The Government of United Arab Emirates – UAE has announced key dates for public holidays during Ramadan, National Telegraph can confirm.
The Eid holiday will commence on Friday, May 22 – Ramadan 29 – and will continue until Shawwal 3 in keeping with the Islamic calendar, Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, has said.
Eid al-Fitr also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
Shawwal 3 will fall on Tuesday, May 26, or Wednesday, May 27, depending on whether Ramadan is made up of 29 or 30 days this year.
On the eve of May 30, the day of Ramadan, the moon-sighting committee, which was responsible for sighting the crescent moon to indicate the start of the holy month will reconvene to look for the new crescent moon that signals the beginning of a new month.
If they spot the new moon, the following morning will be announced as the first day of Shawwal – Eid Al Fitr. Long time-honored Eid traditions are likely to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.