Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced that Friday, July 31, will be the first day of Eid Al Adha.
The court said that July 22 will mark the first of ZulHijja, and it was decided that Tuesday, is the last day of the month of Zulquae’da corresponding to July 21, 2020. Since the first day of Eid Al Adha always falls on the 10th day of ZulHijjah and one day after Arafat Day, Friday, July 31, will mark the first day of Eid Al Adha.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) statement said that Wednesday, July 22, 2020, is the first day of the month of ZulHijja according to Umal Qura calendar, the Supreme court said, adding that the stand of pilgrims on the mount of Arafat, the peak of Hajj ritual, falls on Thursday, the ninth of the month of ZulHijja corresponding to the 30th of July 2020. This will be followed on the next day, Friday, the 10th of ZulHijja by Eid Al-Adh-ha.
This year, Saudi Arabia has restricted access to the Holy Sites in Makkah and Madinah due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only a limited number of Saudis and expatriates living in Saudi Arabia are being permitted to perform the Hajj pilgrimage this year.
Saudi Arabia has recorded 2,429 new COVID-19 cases and 37 new deaths on Monday, according to the latest data from its health ministry said. The new deaths from COVID-19 take the country’s toll to 2,523 with a total case count of 253,349.