Eid-ul-Azha is likely to take place on August 22, Wednesday. Chances are high for the moon sighting on August 12, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department.
The Federal Interior Ministry has recommended four days of holidays for Eid-ul-Azha. Eid holidays will be taking place from 21st to 24th August nationwide, after the formal approval of Prime Minister.
In Saudi Arabia, it is likely that the month of Zil-Hajj will begin on Sunday and Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on August 21.
All public and private departments have been instructed by the Ministry of Interior regarding the Eid Holidays. Furthermore, the government of Pakistan has instructed all institutes to pay advance salaries to all of its employees and pensions to the retired ones. An official notification has also been released by the government.
Eid-ul-Azha honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. Before he could sacrifice his son, Allah pushed his son away and put a goat in his place instead.
In commemoration of this, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Azha to this day. An animal (preferably a cow, goat, or camel) is sacrificed and divided into three parts – with one-third of the share given to the poor and needy; another third given to relatives, friends, and neighbors; and the remaining third retained by the family.
In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid-ul-Azha falls on the 10th day of Zil-hajj.