KARACHI: Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated in Pakistan on July 21 after the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, which announces the sighting of the new moon, did not observe the crescent of Dhul Hijjah on Saturday.
Eid Al-Adha, the second major religious festival of Islam, known as the "festival of sacrifice," falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah. The last month of the Islamic calendar is the month during which the Hajj pilgrimage takes place.
“Moon not sighted anywhere in Pakistan,” Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad said in a televised address. "Dhul Hijjah will start on Monday, whereas Eid will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 21, 2021."
Muslims in Pakistan usually crowd mosques and prayer grounds across the country to offer prayers and sacrifice goats and cows for the Eid Al-Adha holiday.
For a second year now, the holiday will be bittersweet and marred by the coronavirus pandemic. Pakistan's federal body dealing with COVID-19 announced earlier this month that it was banning open-air livestock markets in cities.
People have only been allowed to buy and sell sacrificial animals under strict coronavirus rules and at designated markets set up on the outskirts of cities across the country. All vendors selling sacrificial animals are required to be vaccinated.