Islamabad (Staff Report): The federal government on Wednesday announced three holidays from August 21 to August 23 for Eid-ul-Azha.
On Sunday, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced that Zil-Hajj moon has been sighted and Eid-ul-Azha will be observed on August 22 (Wednesday) in Pakistan.
The announcement was made after a meeting of the six-member committee of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. Chairman of the Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman presided over the meeting.
The Met office had predicted that there are fair chances of the moon being sighted today and Eidul Azha falling on August 22 across Pakistan.
Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th day of Zil-Hajj, which is the last month of the Islamic calendar and marks the start of the Hajj pilgrimage.
It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.
The federal and provincial governments had announced to pay advance salaries and pensions to the government employees ahead of the Eid.