Long weekend ahead of Eidul Fitr celebrations

In Local
March 27, 2024



ISLAMABAD:

As the auspicious occasion of Eidul Fitr approaches, Pakistanis are preparing for a potentially extended holiday period, with six days set aside for festivities and celebrations.

Scheduled to fall around April 10, according to a private news channel, preparations for the festival are already in full swing.

In 2019, the IT ministry introduced the lunar calendar to address concerns related to moon sightings and ensure uniformity in Eid celebrations.

Endorsed by the Meteorological Department, this calendar has become instrumental in determining the dates of various Islamic events, including Eidul Fitr.

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Traditionally, Eid holidays commence a day earlier than the anticipated date to allow individuals ample time for preparations and to partake in the joyous festivities.

With the government contemplating a four-day holiday starting from April 9 (Tuesday) to April 12 (Friday), coupled with the usual weekend holidays on Saturday and Sunday observed by both government and select private offices, the total holiday period is expected to span six days.

However, the final decision regarding the holiday schedule remains contingent upon consultations with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and other pertinent authorities.

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The aim is to ensure alignment with the lunar calendar and to facilitate nationwide celebrations in accordance with Islamic traditions.

Eidul Fitr holds immense cultural and religious significance for Muslims worldwide, marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan characterised by fasting, prayer, and reflection.

In Pakistan, the festival is celebrated with fervour, as families come together to exchange greetings, share meals, and extend acts of charity to the less fortunate.

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