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Eid al-Fitr holiday: How many days is it by country?

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 23/06/2017
Official Eid al-Fitr holidays for 2017 [Al Jazeera] © Provided by Al Jazeera Official Eid al-Fitr holidays for 2017 [Al Jazeera]

Traditionally, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for three days as an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries.

However, the number of vacation days varies by country and also depends on the date on which Eid al-Fitr is observed in each country.

In 2017, Eid al-Fitr is expected either on Sunday June 25, or Monday June 26.

Meanwhile, the following public holidays have been officially announced:

  • Saudi Arabia: 23-day public holiday from the 21st of Ramadan until the 15th of Shawal, the lunar month that follows Ramadan. That is, from Friday June 16 until Saturday July 8.
  • Qatar: 11-day holiday from Friday June 23, until Monday July 3. 
  • UAE, and Kuwait: Nine-day holiday if Eid is declared to be on Monday, or five days if it is on Sunday. In either case, the holiday will start from Friday June 23.
  • Oman: Nine-day holiday, from Friday June 23 until Saturday July 1.
  • Jordan, and Palestine: Six-day holiday, from Friday June 23 until Wednesday June 28. 
  • Egypt: Five-day holiday from Friday June 23 until Tuesday June 27.  
  • Lebanon: Four-day holiday if Eid is declared to be on Monday, or three days if it is on Sunday. In either case, the holiday will start from Saturday June 24.
  • Nigeria: Four-day holiday from Saturday June 24, until Tuesday June 27.
  • Pakistan: Three-day holiday from Monday June 26, until Wednesday June 28. 
  • Philippines, and Ghana: Three-day holiday from Saturday June 24 until Monday June 26.

Eid has been a public holiday in the Philippines since 2002, established by the Republic Act 9177.

2016 Eid holidays

In 2016, Eid al-Fitr was celebrated on July 6, and the following public holidays were observed:

  • Saudi Arabia: 11-day Eid holiday, from Thursday June 30 until Sunday July 10.
  • Qatar: 11-day Eid holiday, from Sunday July 3 until Monday July 11, including the July 1-2 weekend.
  • UAE and Bangladesh: Nine-day Eid holiday, from Friday July 1 until Saturday July 9.
  • Turkey: Nine-day Eid holiday, from Saturday July 2 until Sunday July 10.
  • Oman: Five-day holiday, from Tuesday July 5, until Saturday July 9.
  • Pakistan: Four-day holiday, from Tuesday July 5, until Friday July 8.

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