File- Young women buying ice cream, celebrating Eid al-Adha in Cairo - Photo by Ahmed Maarouf/EgyptToday
CAIRO – 16 July 2021: Egypt announced that the national holidays of Eid Al-Adha and the 23rd of July Revolution will span eight days rather than six days to start on July 17 to 24.
The Egyptian cabinet said in a statement on Thursday evening that the official paid holiday will start on July 17 for employees in governmental and private sectors, upon directives from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi during the launch of the first conference for the national project “Haya Karima” (Decent Life) for the development of the Egyptian countryside’s villages.
Previously, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli had issued a decree announcing 19-24 July as paid holidays for public sector employees on the occasion of Muslim’s Eid Al-Adha and the 23rd of July Revolution.
Exams, however, will continue according to the previously planned schedule, according to Madbouli’s decision.
Eid Al-Adha is the most significant feast for Muslims worldwide, as it marks the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage) to the holy city of Mecca.
The Adha honors the day when Prophet Ibrahim -peace be upon him- was ordered to sacrifice his son, Ismael, and because of his obedience, God substituted Ismael with a ram, and this day has become a feast for Muslims since that day.
“And We have ransomed you with a mighty sacrifice” - Qur’an 37:107
In Islam, the sacrificed animal during Al-Adha is divided into parts, in order for the animal’s owner to be able to give a share of the meat to the needy people.