The Emirates Astronomical Society (EAS) has forecasted that UAE residents will observe Eid Al Adha on June 28, 2023. This event could usher in a potential six-day weekend for UAE residents, contingent upon lunar observations.
Eid Al Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The expected dates for the festival were announced at the beginning of the month, raising anticipation among the UAE population.
The celebrations of Eid Al Adha traditionally involve offering prayers and distributing a meal, typically prepared with meat, among family, friends, and those in need. It is also a time for family gatherings, feasting, and the exchange of gifts. Streets and markets across the UAE will be adorned with lights and colourful banners, creating a festive atmosphere throughout the nation.
Many residents often mark the occasion by donning new clothes, while children eagerly anticipate receiving gifts and sweets.
This year, the key dates for the festival are Wednesday, June 28; Thursday, June 29; and Friday, June 30. The anticipated date for Arafat Day, another significant day in the Islamic calendar, is June 27th. If these dates align with the weekend, it could result in a six-day holiday for residents.
However, the final decision on the holiday period is yet to be confirmed and will be dependent on the moon sighting.