6-day weekend confirmed for Eid Al Fitr 2024 in Saudi Arabia

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The public holiday for Eid Al Fitr 2024 in Saudi Arabia has just been announced – and it’s set to be an extra long weekend.

As confirmed by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and reported by Gulf News, both the public and private sector will enjoy a four-day break from Monday April 8. The public holiday will conclude on Thursday April 11, but for most people who enjoy a Friday-Saturday weekend in the Kingdom, that will mean a full six days off.

Work will then resume as normal on Sunday April 14.

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What is Eid al Fitr?

Eid al Fitr is also known as the ‘Festival of Breaking of the Fast’ and is one of two official holidays celebrated in Islam. It is celebrated by Muslims worldwide and marks the end of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which is the foundation of the religion. The pillars are the framework by which Muslims everywhere live, and Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins and to focus on Allah through good deeds.