#UPDATE: The first day of Eid al-Adha will fall on Saturday, July 9, 2022, according to an announcement made by the Saudi Arabian Supreme Court on Wednesday, June 29. Arafat Day will fall on Friday, July 8, 2022.
What is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha is one of the most important festivals in Islam, and it falls on the tenth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah. The festival commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience and dedication to Allah. Muslims worldwide celebrate this holiday by slaughtering a sheep or goat and giving its meat as charity. In Saudi Arabia, Eid al-Adha is even more special because it marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime.
Expected Date of Eid Al Adha 2022 in Saudi Arabia
According to the astronomical calculations of this year, Eid al-Adha 2022 is expected to start on the evening of July 8, 2022, in Saudi Arabia. So the kingdom’s first day of Eid Al-Adha will most probably fall on July 9, 2022. However, the exact date of Eid-Al-Adha 2022 will be confirmed only after the Dhul Hijjah moon is sighted.
Eid Al Adha Holidays
Employees in the public sector will have ten days off for Eid Al Adha, while those in the private and non-profit sectors will have four days off. Public sector Eid Al Adha holidays are expected to begin on July 4 and end on July 14, while private and non-profit sector holidays start on July 8 and ending on July 11.