Saudi Declares June 16 As Eid-il-Adha

Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah crescent, signaling the beginning of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar.

With the crescent’s sighting, Eid Al-Adha will be observed on June 16.

Arafat Day, which precedes Eid Al-Adha, will fall a day prior on June 15.

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Eid Al Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is marked by offering special prayers. Muslims slaughter livestock — usually, a Ram, a goat, cow to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith.

The festival celebrates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son based on Allah’s command. Before the sacrifice happened, Allah provided him with a ram that the prophet then slaughtered.