Eid-ul-Fitr 2018: Is it on Friday or Saturday, here's when India will celebrate Eid

 The Eid timings vary depending upon the moon sighting in different countries.

Eid-ul-Fitr 2018: Is it on Friday or Saturday, here's when India will celebrate Eid
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New Delhi: The auspicious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr is knocking at the door marking the end of 30-day of fasts during the Islamic holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan. Muslims across the globe celebrate the festival of Eid with full gusto and spirit. 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).

So, the confusion looms over when the countrymen will celebrate Eid. After a month of fasting, at the sighting of the crescent moon, the holy month of Ramazan concludes and Eid is celebrated the next day.

Now suspense over it will continue till this very evening as only if the moon is sighted tonight will the festival of Eid be celebrated tomorrow in the country.

However, the Eid timings vary depending upon the moon sighting in different countries.

Like in Mumbai, people observed roza a day later than those in Delhi, so depending upon the moon sighting they will celebrate Eid.

Ramzan or Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and holds a great significance for the Muslim community across the globe. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe fasts for 30 days marking it as a gesture to revere the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

According to many beliefs, this annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts for about 29–30 days (usually a month) based on the visual sighting of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.

Ramadan word has Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. It is believed that the holy book of Quran was written during this month. Thus, the people practise fasting in this month to purify their souls and seek forgiveness from the Almighty Allah.

Local authorities and mosques will announce the Eid-ul-Fitr timings in advance after checking with other states and countries as well.

Keep reading this space for all updates on Eid-al-Fitr.

Eid Mubarak to our readers in advance!

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