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Eid al-Fitr holidays announced for private sector workers
Many employees are hoping for a long weekend
The Eid al-Fitr holiday for private sector employees will be Shawwal 1-2, Government officials announced today.
The first day of the public holiday falls on the first day of the lunar calendar month of Shawwal.
The exact date of Eid remains to be decided as it depends on the phases of the moon, meaning many workers don’t yet know if they’ll get an extra day off work.
Depending on when Eid begins, Shawwal 1 will either be June 15 or June 16 – Friday or Saturday.
Minister Nasser Al Hameli said in a circular: "It is decided that the first and second days of the month of Shawwal 1439 Hijri shall be a paid vacation for all private sector employees on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.”
If Eid falls on Friday, many private sector workers will not get an extra day off work as the two days of holiday would fall during the weekend.
If Eid falls on Saturday, it is likely many private sector workers will receive Sunday off work.
Public sector workers learned yesterday they will receive a long weekend off work, from Thursday June 14 to Monday June 18.
Eid al-Fitr begins with prayers at dawn. Traditions follow the example of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and involve bathing, wearing perfume and new clothes.
The Eid holiday is a chance to celebrate with family and friends, though recently it has become common to travel for a short break.
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