The auspicious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated widely by Muslims across the globe. This holy day is celebrated by breaking the 30-day long fast with a grand celebration. Eid-ul-Fitr is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast.
Eid holds a great significance for Muslims who eagerly wait for the festival after keeping Rozas for good 29-30 days during Ramzan. However, confusion over Eid celebration day continues as it purely depends upon the sighting of the moon. This year, it will be either Friday (June 15) or Saturday (June 16).
As per a report in Aljazeera.com, the International Astronomical Centre says that the first day of Eid in Saudi Arabia is expected to be Friday. However, there has been no official confirmation of the same.
As per the report, the moon is expected to rise as follows:
Rabat: 49 minutes after sunset
Djibouti and Tunisia: 45 minutes after sunset
Beirut, Doha, Damascus, Manama and Abu Dhabi: 41 minutes after sunset
Baghdad, Kuwait and Muscat: 40 minutes after sunset
Mogadishu, Khartoum, Tripoli and Algeria: 46 Minutes after sunset
Sanaa: 44 minutes after sunset
Cairo: 43 minutes after sunset
Riyadh, Amman and Jerusalem: 42 minutes after sunset
The day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal depending upon the sighting of the moon the previous night. The fasting ends and people look forward to Eid celebrations the day after. On the day of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims offer a particular salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two rakats (units) which is usually offered in an open field or large hall.