Eid-Ul-Fitr 2023 Moon Sighting Update:How Moon Is Likely To Be Seen In The Country
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is a time when Muslims observe a dawn-to-sunset fast, one of the five pillars of Islam.
The date for Eid-ul-Fitr, the joyous celebration marking the end of Ramadan, is determined by the sighting of the new moon.
Although the Islamic lunar year is about 354 days, which causes Eid to fall back about 11 days each Gregorian year, fasting is observed in the ninth month and Eid is celebrated on the first date of the 10th month, Shawwal.
The International Astronomy Center has predicted that the crescent of Shawwal will be visible in Islamic countries on Thursday, April 20, marking the end of Ramadan. However, if the moon is sighted on Friday, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on April 22.
According to the Saudi Astronomical Society, astronomical calculations indicate that Friday will be the first day of Shawwal and Eid Al-Fitr.
During Eid, Muslims celebrate with prayers called “Salat Al Eid” and a sermon asking for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for all beings. Muslims also wear new clothes, eat something sweet such as a date, recite a small prayer called a takbeer, give money to the poor (Zakat al-Fitr), and feast with families.
The greeting “Eid Mubarak” is commonly used on this day, with the proper response being “Khair Mubarak”. The festival of Eid al-Fitr is a time for Muslims to express gratitude to Allah for the help and strength he gave them during the month of Ramadan, allowing them to practice self-control.
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