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Hajj pilgrimage to start on Nov 14; Eid Al Adha on Nov 16

The hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the largest annual gathering in the world, will start on November 14, Saudi authorities reported on Saturday following the sighting of the crescent moon.

The official SPA news agency reported that official astronomers had confirmed the dates, which will mean the the Eid al Adha holy day and festival will start two days later on November 16.

The Haj is the world’s largest annual gathering and will see around 1.5m Muslims converge on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in western Saudi Arabia.

Official holidays for the government and private sectors have yet to be announced.