UAE announces a 9-day break for Eid Al Fitr holiday for public sector employees

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

The commencement of the Eid festivities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) hinges upon the sighting of the moon, a tradition deeply ingrained in Islamic culture.

This year, the UAE government has declared a generous one-week holiday for its public sector employees, beginning on Monday, April 8, 2024. This respite extends until Sunday, April 14, with normal work operations set to resume on Monday, April 15.

The timing of this holiday is strategically aligned with the conclusion of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, marked by a period of fasting and spiritual reflection. Ramadan typically spans 29 or 30 days, contingent upon the sighting of the moon, which determines its duration. Eid al-Fitr, the festival that follows Ramadan, symbolizes the breaking of the fast and is observed on the first day of Shawwal, the month succeeding Ramadan.

Despite the significance of moon sightings in determining religious observances, the UAE government has opted to commence the holiday on April 8, irrespective of the moon's visibility. This decision ensures consistency and facilitates planning for public sector employees, who will benefit from an extended break coinciding with the culmination of Ramadan.

Given that Saturday and Sunday are recognized as the official weekend days in the UAE, federal government employees are granted a generous nine-day hiatus to partake in the festivities associated with Eid al-Fitr. This elongated holiday period allows individuals ample time to celebrate with family and engage in customary rituals and traditions.

As the conclusion of Ramadan approaches, excitement mounts across the UAE, with residents eagerly preparing for the jubilant occasion of Eid al-Fitr. This celebratory event not only signifies the end of a month-long period of fasting but also serves as the longest public holiday of the year, providing an opportunity for communal gatherings, expressions of gratitude, and spiritual rejuvenation.

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