Saudi Arabia celebrates Eid Al-Fitr on Friday

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Banners adorn major roads in Riyadh on Thursday as the Kingdom prepare for Eid celebrations. (SPA)
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Banners adorn major roads in Riyadh on Thursday as the Kingdom prepare for Eid celebrations. (SPA)
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Banners adorn major roads in Riyadh on Thursday as the Kingdom prepare for Eid celebrations. (SPA)
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Banners adorn major roads in Riyadh on Thursday as the Kingdom prepare for Eid celebrations. (SPA)
Updated 15 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia celebrates Eid Al-Fitr on Friday

  • The Shawwal crescent was witnessed by many people and which were validated by the apex court during an extraordinary session, SPA said. 
  • Eid Al-Fitr marks the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal, and the end of fasting during Ramadan. Muslims around the world consider the holiday a reward for their worship during the holy month.

JEDDAH:  Eid Al-Fitr celebrations will begin in Saudi Arabia on Friday, June 15, the Saudi Supreme Court has announced.

The court earlier this week asked Muslims in the Kingdom to look for the new moon on Thursday; in the event, the Shawwal crescent was easy to spot and witnessed by many.

Several other countries also announced that Eid would start today, including the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Turkey, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia.

Astronomer Khalid Al-Zaaq, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, wrote on Twitter: “Eid begins Friday astronomically.” He added: “The astronomical calculations suggest that Friday, June 15 is first day of Eid Al-Fitr.”

Earlier this month, Al-Zaaq correctly predicted that Ramadan 2018 would be a 29-day month, with June 15 marking the first day of Eid.

As Eid Al-Fitr coincides with the start of the FIFA World Cup, the Saudi General Sports Authority and the General Entertainment Authority have organized sports and entertainment events and activities for soccer fans who could not make it to Russia.

King Salman had earlier issued a directive giving government employees and military staff around a full working week off to mark the holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Government offices affected employees covered by the holiday will resume work on June 24.

King Salman has also ordered a 1.7 billion riyal ($453 million) payout to beneficiaries of social security in the Kingdom ahead of Eid.

The bonus is meant to help people meet their needs during the Eid holiday.


King Salman attends camel festival closing ceremony

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King Salman attends camel festival closing ceremony

RIYADH: King Salman on Saturday attended the closing ceremony of the 3rd King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near the capital Riyadh.
The king was received on his arrival by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Riyadh Deputy Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Saudi Camel Club Chairman Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin, and a number of officials.
King Salman welcomed Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s representative Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al-Saadi, Kyrgyz Premier Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, representative of the King of Bahrain for Charity Works and Youth Affairs Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Mauritania’s Minister of Culture and Handicrafts and government spokesman Mohammed Ould Maham and other guests at the camel festival’s closing ceremony.
The king then handed prizes to winners of the festival. King Salman and the attendees also watched a folk dance performance.
Bin Hithlin said that the king’s patronage of the closing ceremony was the culmination of efforts to organize the festival and consolidate its heritage.
Attendance at the festival was more than double that of the previous year, he said.