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When is Your `Eid Al Adha 1435?

`Eid Al Adha is expected to start on Saturday, October 4

Source : / 25 Sep 2014

About 1.57 billion Muslims all over the globe and nearly 64 Muslim Countries in the world are waiting to celebrate their  `Eid Al-Adha feast a few days from now. `Eid Al-Adha is one of two main religious feasts celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year.

In the lunar Islamic calendar, `Eid Al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah  and lasts for four days. In the international Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

Every year, `Eid Al-Adha, like other lunar-based Islamic holidays, falls on one of about 2 to 4 different Gregorian dates in different parts of the world, because the boundary of crescent visibility is different from the International Date Line.

According to astronomical calculations, `Eid Al Adha is expected to start on Saturday, October 4, and the Muslim World will wait for the final confirmation of Wednesday’s sighting of Dhul-Hijjah crescent on September 24.

The Astronomical New Moon is expected to occur today at 6:14 UTC, while Thursday September 25 is expected to be the 1st day of the month of Dhul Hijjah 1435.

Based on this, the Day of Arafah – the main day of Hajj which precedes the start of Adha feast by only one day - is expected to occur on Friday, October 3, and so `Eid Al Adha  is expected to follow it on Saturday, October 4.

`Eid Al Adha is related to the Islamic pilgrimage rituals (Hajj) which is annually organized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the astronomical instituions in Muslim countries wait for the final confirmation on the start of Dhul-Hijjah by the Hajj authorities in Makkah, and they will announce their moonsighting result today.

Mohammed Shawkat Awda, the chairman of Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP) announced that the countries that follow Saudi Arabia will observe `Eid on October 5 or 4.

Via the following moonsighting maps which depend on astronomical calculations, you'll be able to determine the start of Dhu al-Hijjah month and thus when will be your `Eid Al Adha feast God willing.

For Wednesday September 24:

The Astronomical New Moon is expected to appear on Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 6:14 UTC. Today, the Polynasian Islands of the Pacific Ocean and South America will be the only sites on Earth who will be able to observe the new crescent in perfect conditions and with aided eye respectively.


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