Kuwaitis wish for long holidays as Eid gift

August 23, 2011

Speculation is rife in Kuwait about the length of the Eid holidays to be announced by the government.

Amid high speculations that Eid-Al-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of the month-long Ramadan could start on August 30, Kuwaitis expect to be given five days off, from Tuesday until Saturday.

However, if Eid falls on Wednesday, the holidays will be only four days, the customary three days of Eid and Saturday.

According to local media, Kuwaitis are now increasingly hopeful that the government would offer them a “wonderful surprise” by announcing that the whole week, from Sunday until Saturday, would be off.

Several Kuwaitis were not able to make travel arrangements this summer with Ramadan, the sacred lunar month for Muslims during which they abstain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from sunrise until sunset, falling in August. However, many families are likely to use the Eid break to travel, mainly to Dubai and Bahrain. A longer break will encourage more families to travel or to arrange trips to more distant places

In most countries, the start and end of Ramadan is determined by sighting the crescent despite calls by scientists to adopt astronomical calculations to affirm the dates. Eid this year will be either on August 30 or August 31.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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