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Federal government announces 3-day Eid al Adha holidays

SLAMABAD: The federal government of Pakistan announced a three-day holiday on Monday for  Eid al Adha falling on September 13.

According to a notification issued by the interior ministry,  all public and private offices would remain closed from September  12 to 14. The third day of eid will be a working day in public (government) administered offices.

Eid Al Adha is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two.

It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened, through his angel Jibra’il (Gabriel) and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted.

The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for three days. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.