As we enter the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan, governments in Islamic countries from around the world have started announcing Eid Al Fitr holidays.
The latest announcement was made by Pakistan government on Monday, declaring five days of Eid holidays.
The Ministry of Interior in Pakistan on Monday declared July 17, 20 and 21 as holidays for the public sector. Since July 18 and 19 are weekend in that country, government offices will remain closed for five days from July 17 to 21.
Based on astronomers’ forecasts, Eid Al Fitr is expected to fall on Saturday, July 18, in Pakistan – one day after the UAE.
According to Sharjah Planetarium forecast, Eid Al Fitr is in the UAE and other Gulf countries is likely to be on Friday, July 17.
The UAE is yet to announce Eid Al Fitr holidays for public and private sectors.
In 2014, public sector workers got a full week off for Eid Al Fitr while the private sector got two days off.
Saudi Arabia has announced a 12-day holiday for its public servants to mark Eid Al Fitr. Government departments in the kingdom will remain closed from July 17 to July 28.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Arabic daily Al Anba last month reported that civil servants in the Gulf state are likely to enjoy six to 10 days of holidays for Eid Al Fitr.