Monday, July 6, 2015

Eid Holidays

KUWAIT CITY: Eid Al- Fitr, marking end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, will fall on July 17, announced the astronomer Adel Al-Saadoun on Sunday. The moon is forecast to line up with the sun at 04.24 am Thursday, July 16, after completing its monthly circle around the Earth. On Thursday night, the moon disappears in the Kuwaiti skies five minutes after sundown. Its age since moment of link-up will be 14.26 hours.

---Not set in stone, we still have to wait for the sighting of the moon---

The Eid holidays this year will be either for 9-10 days or for 5-6 days depending on the last day of fasting and the official decision taken accordingly, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

They explained that if the last day of Ramadan is on Thursday July 16, Eid al-Fitr will be from July 17 to July 19. Since July 17 is a Friday, the Eid holidays will be from Thursday July 16 to Tuesday July 21, after shifting the actual holidays of the three-day Eid al- Fitr to Sunday July 19, Monday July 20 and Tuesday July 21. In this case, the total number of Eid holidays will be 6 days.

On the other hand, if the last day of Ramadan is on Friday July 17, Eid al-Fitr will be from July 18 to July 20. Since July 18 is a Saturday, the Eid holidays will be from Friday July 17 to Tuesday July 21, after shifting the actual holidays to July 19 to 21. In this case, the total number of Eid holidays will be 5 days.

In both cases, Wednesday July 22 will be the official day for resuming work. However, if the concerned authorities decide to declare Wednesday July 22 and Thursday July 23 as holidays, the total number of holidays will be 10 days from Thursday July 16 to Saturday July 25, or for 9 days from Friday July 17 to Saturday July 25.

The sources indicated that the authorities may or may not adopt the aforementioned legal calculation to declare either 9-10 days or 5-6 days of holidays.

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