File Photo: A girl plays with goat at an old cattle market named "Al Emam Market" ahead of the Muslim sacrifice festival Eid al-Adha in Cairo, Egypt, September 19, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt will celebrate Eid Al-Adha, the second of two major religious holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world after Eid Al-Fitr, on 11 September, Egypt’s Astronomical and Geophysics Institute said on Tuesday.
In statements to the state-owned MENA news agency, the head of the institute, Hatem Ouda, said that based on astronomical calculations conducted by the institute’s observers, the Day of Arafah will be on Saturday 10 September.
The Day of Arafah marks the second day of the Islamic pilgrimage at the holy site of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The Day of Arafah precedes the start of Eid Al-Adha in the Islamic world by 24 hours according to the Islamic calendar.
Eid Al-Adha, which lasts for four days, honours the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son Ismail as an act of submission to God’s command.