Eid-il-Fitr: FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays

Schools across Dubai will close from Thursday in celebration of Eid Al Fitr which has yet to be announced. Satish Kumar  The National

Schools across Dubai will close from Thursday in celebration of Eid Al Fitr which has yet to be announced. Satish Kumar The National

Eid al-Fitr - which means 'festival of the breaking of the fast - is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, a month when many adult Muslims fast.

"The general public is hereby informed that Friday, 15th June, 2018 which marks the celebration of Eidul-Fitr, is a statutory public holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country", the statement from the Ministry said.

The moon sighting committee will meet on Thursday to determine the exact holiday dates. The countries will observe the new moon on Thursday.

Muslims across the United Kingdom will celebrate Eid al-Fitr this weekend.

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The celebration will see Muslims have their first daytime meal in over a month, and hold celebrations at their homes and in Mosques. This occasion has a unique salat (Islamic prayer), consisting of two rakats (units) and is usually offered in a large gall or open field.

Muslims believe, therefore, that they are commanded by Allah as mentioned in the Quran to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat-al-Fitr (tithes or almsgiving) before offering as well as celebrating the Eid.

During this time Muslims will feast on an animal divided into three parts.

The traditional greeting of "Eid Mubarak" is used by Muslims during the holy festival around the world and you will undoubtedly see it being sent around social media.

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