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In a surprise announcement, the Saudi government has changed its previously-announced date of September 23, for the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holiday, by shifting the entire month of Dhul Hijjah by one day.
While last-minute tinkering of the Muslim calendar holidays is common in most countries that observe Muslim public holidays, it is unheard of in Saudi Arabia, as it is the only country of the world to use the Islamic calendar for day-to-day life, and the announcement of the 2 Eid holidays dates is usually just a formal rubber stamping of the officially announced Umm al Quora calendar (2014-09-25). Imagine the effect on everyday and business life if, in the West, on June 30th, the government suddenly announced that tomorrow was not July 1st, but rather June 31st.
This change might be related to the fact that in 2015, the date of the Kingdom's National Day annual non-working public holiday of September 23, fell on the exact date of the previously-announced Eid Al-Adha (2015-08-28).
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