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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Eid Al Adha to begin on September 1

Saudi Press Agency makes announcement after verified crescent moon sightings

An astronomer looks out for the Ramadan crescent moon in Mushrif Park in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National
An astronomer looks out for the Ramadan crescent moon in Mushrif Park in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

The first day of Eid Al Adha will be September 1, it has been announced.

The Saudi Supreme Court, who had earlier called on the public to report the Dhu Al Hijjah crescent on Tuesday night, said in a statement that Wednesday would be the first day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijjah.

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Emirates news agency Wam verified the statement, saying the attendance at Mount Arafat - the peak and main pillar of Hajj rituals - will fall on August 31, the ninth day of Dhu Al Hijjah. Eid Al Adha would fall the day after Arafat Day, on Friday September 1.

The court made the announcement on social media after validating the testimony of a number of witnesses of the crescent moon.

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