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Crescent moon not sighted, Saudi Arabia to celebrate Eid on Thursday; in India on Friday

Prime News, International and National, Religion, Festival, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), May 12:- Muslims worldwide are all set to see the crescent moon and welcome the month of Shawwal with Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr. On Thursday (May 13), Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, will end. Shawwal, the tenth month will begin, the first day of this month is marked as Eid-ul-Fitr around the world.

Wednesday (May 12) will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow.

The Islamic calendar is lunar, which is based on the sighting of the crescent moon. Every year, Eid-ul-Fitr falls approximately 14 days before, depending on when the crescent moon is sighted. The lunar months are shorter when compared to the solar months and vary from country to country in about a day.

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia calls Muslims in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab states to sight the crescent moon for the Shawwal month on Tuesday night (May 11, 2021). This day will mark the Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of Ramadan 2021.

The moon sighting is first observed in Saudi Arabia to determine the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

In India, the holy festival is marked on the second day of moon sighting in Saudi Arabia. Hence, Eid-ul-Fitr in India will be observed on Friday (May 14) this year.

The Institute of Astronomical and Geophysical Research of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh determines the Umm al-Qura calendar which is followed by Saudi Arabia. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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