Kuwait has announced five holiday days for public sector workers in celebration of Eid Al-Adha, one of the Islamic calendar’s two most important happenings.
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The holiday will began on August 19 and end on August 23, Kuwait cabinet announced on Monday.
It added that ministries and government institutes will suspend work during the period.
Translating into “Festival of Sacrifice”, Eid-Al Adha is the second of two festival celebrated every year (with the other being Eid al-Fitr).
It marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah and honours Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, following which God provides a male goat to be sacrificed instead.
As a tribute to the event, sheep and goats are sacrificed and their meet divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor, another to relatives and the third remains for the family.
Eid Al-Adha begins with morning prayers and continues with celebratory visits to friends and family, where gifts and feasts are exchanged.
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