PESHAWAR: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court on Saturday announced Eidul Azha on 21 August after the Zil Hajj moon was sighted on Saturday evening.

According to Saudi media, the Saudi apex court announced this decision after a session presided over by the President of the Supreme Court Ghihab bin Mohammed al-Ghihab. The kingdom is observing Sunday, 12 August (today) as first day of Zil Hajj. Therefore, the Day of Arafat will fall on Monday, 20 August.

Saudi Arabia has already announced 11 holidays for the Eid this year. The holidays will begin on 16 August.

In Pakistan, the Zil Hajj moon is likely to be sighted today (Sunday) and Eid is expected on 22 August. The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet today to sight the moon.

Eidul Azha is celebrated on the 10th day of Zil Hajj which is the last month of the Islamic calendar and marks the start of the Hajj pilgrimage. Eidul Azha commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to Almighty Allah. The faithful slaughter their sacrificial animals in remembrance of Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi, which continues for three days of Eid.