The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared June 19, 2023 as the first day of Dhul-Hijjah 1444 AH.
This is contained in a statement from the council.
“The Sultanate Council Sokoto has declared Monday 19 June, 2023 as the first day of Zul-Hijjah 1444 AH.”
“Accordingly, Wednesday 28 June, 2023 will be the day of Eidul Adha 1444 AH. His Eminence The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, wishes the entire Muslim Ummah happy Eidul Adha Mubarak in advance,” the statement said.
The Sultan had, on Saturday, directed Muslims to look out for the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah 1444 AH from Sunday.
The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia had, on Sunday, announced Monday, June 19, as the first day of Dhul-Hijjah, after sighting the new crescent in the Kingdom on Sunday night.
“Arafat Day falls on Tuesday, June 27, while Wednesday, June 28, will be the first day of Eid Al Adha,” the Saudi Arabia apex court said in the statement.
According to Saudi-based online publication, Zamzam, the day to observe big Eid depends on the sighting of the new moon after the conclusion of the holy Hajj pilgrimage.
Since the festival depends on the lunar calendar, it falls on different dates every year. Additionally, it can even fall on different dates in various parts of the world in the same year.
The sacrifice continues for 3 days, and the celebrations can last for 3 or more days depending upon the traditions of various countries.
Eid ul Adha in Saudi Arabia will start from the evening of 28th June 2023 and end on the evening of 29 June 2023.