Saudi Arabia celebrates Eid Al-Fitr on Friday

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Banners adorn major roads in Riyadh on Thursday as the Kingdom prepare for Eid celebrations. (SPA)
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Banners adorn major roads in Riyadh on Thursday as the Kingdom prepare for Eid celebrations. (SPA)
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Banners adorn major roads in Riyadh on Thursday as the Kingdom prepare for Eid celebrations. (SPA)
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Banners adorn major roads in Riyadh on Thursday as the Kingdom prepare for Eid celebrations. (SPA)
Updated 15 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia celebrates Eid Al-Fitr on Friday

  • The Shawwal crescent was witnessed by many people and which were validated by the apex court during an extraordinary session, SPA said. 
  • Eid Al-Fitr marks the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal, and the end of fasting during Ramadan. Muslims around the world consider the holiday a reward for their worship during the holy month.

JEDDAH:  Eid Al-Fitr celebrations will begin in Saudi Arabia on Friday, June 15, the Saudi Supreme Court has announced.

The court earlier this week asked Muslims in the Kingdom to look for the new moon on Thursday; in the event, the Shawwal crescent was easy to spot and witnessed by many.

Several other countries also announced that Eid would start today, including the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Turkey, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia.

Astronomer Khalid Al-Zaaq, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, wrote on Twitter: “Eid begins Friday astronomically.” He added: “The astronomical calculations suggest that Friday, June 15 is first day of Eid Al-Fitr.”

Earlier this month, Al-Zaaq correctly predicted that Ramadan 2018 would be a 29-day month, with June 15 marking the first day of Eid.

As Eid Al-Fitr coincides with the start of the FIFA World Cup, the Saudi General Sports Authority and the General Entertainment Authority have organized sports and entertainment events and activities for soccer fans who could not make it to Russia.

King Salman had earlier issued a directive giving government employees and military staff around a full working week off to mark the holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Government offices affected employees covered by the holiday will resume work on June 24.

King Salman has also ordered a 1.7 billion riyal ($453 million) payout to beneficiaries of social security in the Kingdom ahead of Eid.

The bonus is meant to help people meet their needs during the Eid holiday.


Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

The Shoura Council holds its first ordinary session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

  • The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives

The Shoura Council called upon the Family Affairs Council on Tuesday to build and promote the family’s culture of productivity and self-reliance as one of its strategic pillars, and accord top priority to preparing a draft strategy for the family in coordination with the relevant authorities.

The council adopted this resolution during its first ordinary session of the third year of the seventh session, held under the chairmanship of Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh.

The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives, and formulate a scientific description of the characteristics to be instilled in the Saudi family and the enabling supportive environment. 

Assistant Speaker of Shoura Council Yahya Al-Samaan said the council has asked the Public Education Evaluation Commission to focus on leveraging national expertise and to reduce reliance on foreign expertise.

Al-Samaan pointed out that the council made its decision after listening to the views of the members of the Education and Scientific Research Committee on the report submitted by the Public Education Evaluation Commission for the current fiscal year.

On Monday, King Salman inaugurated the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session in which he highlighted the Kingdom’s priorities for the coming year and defined the contours of its domestic and foreign policies.

The king pledged to continue the Kingdom’s fight against extremism and all forms of terrorism. He also vowed to support the system of social services and sustainable growth for citizens. 

The speech focused on issues such as the war in Yemen, the Palestinian issue, stability in the oil market, countering Iranian interference in the region and job creation for Saudis.  “The Kingdom will maintain its effort to resolve regional crises,” the king said.

Al-Sheikh noted the council’s pride in the wise leadership’s efforts to unify Arab ranks and promote Islamic solidarity to achieve security and peace in the region and in the world.