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24 Jul 2020 | 04:56 PM UTC

Algeria: Nationwide Eid al-Adha celebrations scheduled on July 31

Authorities announce Eid al-Adha celebrations are scheduled to be held on July 31; public and private holiday dates announced

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Event

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has announced that the 2020 Eid al-Adha holiday will begin on Friday, July 31. Algerian authorities further called on citizens to respect barriers measures currently in place in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

A heightened security presence is possible in the vicinity of places of worship and other possible gathering points. Significant disruption to public sector services should be expected throughout the celebrations.

Context

Eid al-Adha is one of the most widely observed holidays in Islam and coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. According to Islamic customs, worshippers usually slaughter a sheep or goat to share the meat with their family and neighbors. Restrictions and social distancing measures remain in place amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Advice

Individuals in Algeria are advised to adhere to local cultural customs, allow for additional travel time, remain vigilant, avoid large public gatherings, and obey all local regulations. Continue to follow official directives surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and measures at all times. Anticipated disruptions to business and transport throughout the celebration period.

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