File photo: File photo: Egyptians celebrate Eid Al-Adha (Al-Ahram)
Egypt's Dar El-Iftaa, the country's institution that releases religious edicts, announced on Monday the Islamic holiday of Eid El-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, will begin on Friday 31 July.
The institution added the first day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhu Al-Hijjah will fall on Wednesday 22 July and the Holy Day of Arafa, which marks the second day of the pilgrimage and is the day before the start of Eid Al-Adha, will be on Thursday 30 July.
Eid Al-Adha is one of the two most important religious holidays in the Islamic calendar, along with Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
Eid Al-Adha marks the beginning annual hajj to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.
The eid is celebrated over four days.