Saudi: Eid al-Fitr to begin on Wednesday

Tuesday will be the last day of the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Saudi, Qatar and the UAE

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have announced that Eid al-Fitr in these countries will be celebrated on July 6, making Tuesday the last day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Authorities made the announcement on Monday evening after failing to sight the moon that marks the start of the three-day festival.

Eid al-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world. The celebrations begin when the fasting month of Ramadan ends and the following month of Shawwal begins.

Many Muslim-majority countries celebrate the end of Ramadan by granting public holidays.

This year, public sector workers in Saudi will enjoy 11 days off. Meanwhile, public sector workers in Qatar and the UAE will get nine days off, including weekends, while their counterparts in Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman, the other member states that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council, will get five days.

Employees in the private sector commonly have fewer days off.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drinks and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring the faithful closer to God.

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