Id-El-Fitr: FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays

Eid al Fitr 2018 Has the moon been sighted

Eid al-Fitr means new beginnings and it is considered auspicious to eat something sweet in order to kick-start the holy day; hence the name Meethi Eid.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said Shawwal 1-2 would be a paid holiday for private-sector employees.

The ministry's circular means private sector workers with a Friday/Saturday weekend could potentially receive no extra days off.

The moon sighting committee will meet on Thursday to determine the exact holiday dates.

NAN reports that the minister congratulated the Muslim faithful on a successful completion of the Ramadan fast and enjoined all Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation.

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The first day of Eid is officially announced after the sighting of the crescent moon, but astronomers predict that it will fall on Friday, June 15 this year.

Based on that, Ramadan, which began on Thursday, May 17, is expected to run for 29 days.

The federal government has declared Friday, June 15 and Monday 18, as public holidays to mark this year's Id-el Fitr celebration. They will resume work from Tuesday, June 19.

If you're staying in Dubai for Eid Al Fitr, there's some good news for drivers as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced four days of free parking in Dubai during the Eid celebrations.

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