Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee sighted the Zilhaj moon on Sunday and announced that Eidul Azha will be celebrated on August 22.
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced August 12 marks the start of Zilhaj, the Saudi Press Agency reported, according to Arab News.
Zilhaj is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar. It is the month in which the Hajj pilgrimage takes place.
Eidul Azha commemorates Prophet Ibraheem’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah, before Allah replaced the son with a ram to be sacrificed instead.
Muslims celebrate Eidul Azha on the 10th of Zilhaj.
The total number of pilgrims, who have arrived, in Saudi Arabia hover above 1,221,463 by Friday, an increase of 70,348 pilgrims compared to last year Hajj season, according to the Passports’ Directorate statistics.
Pilgrims arriving by air constituted the majority with as many as 1,148,400 pilgrims and while land routes arrival was 59,448, the seaborne arrivals numbered only 13,311 pilgrims.