New date fixed for Eid-el-Kabir celebration

A new date has been fixed for this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Known in Islamic parlance as Eid Al-Adha, Muslims sacrifice an animal – usually a sheep, goat, cow or camel – as something of an offering to God as the Prophet Abraham once did.
The initial date for this year’s celebration, which takes place after pilgrims to the holy land of Mecca in Saudi Arabia descend from Mount Arafat, was September 23. However, a new date of September 24 was announced by the Moon Sighting Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Monday.
The announcement was made after the kingdom’s moon-sighting committee met in Riyadh and other cities to look for Zul Hijjah crescent, which is the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar. Because the new moon was not sighted on Sunday night, Eid Al-Adha now falls on September 24. “Monday will be the last day of Zul Qaadah and Tuesday, September
15, 2015, will mark the beginning of the lunar month of Zul Hijjah,” the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia announced.
The first day of Eid Al Adha will be celebrated on September 24, 2015 as the Zul Hijjah moon was not sighted on September 13, 2015, according to a statement from the official moon-sighting committee of Saudi Arabia.
“Monday will be the last day of Zul Qaadah and Tuesday, September 15, 2015, will mark the beginning of the lunar month of Zul Hijjah,” the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia announced on Monday.
The peak of the Hajj, which is the Day of Arafat, will be on September 23, 2015.

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