Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated in NCR on Saturday

Last Updated: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 20:27

New Delhi: Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in
the National Capital Region (NCR) on Saturday.

This was announced by Mufti Mohd Mukkaram Ahmed, the
Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, here this evening after a
meeting of Royat Hilal Committee.

"The moon of Shawwal was not sighted today. Eid-ul-Fitr
will be celebrated on Saturday," he said.

Syed Ahmed Bhukari, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, said the
moon was not sighted from anywhere as yet and "therefore I
announce that the 1st of Shawwal (Eid-ul-Fitr) falls on
Saturday."

The celebrations culminates fasting by devotees for a
month during Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar
calendar.

The faithful wake up early morning for the pre-dawn
`sehri` meal renouncing food and water during the day before
breaking their fast in the evening. The evening meal is known
as `iftaar`.

As Islam follows a lunar calendar, the holy month begins
every year about 11 days earlier and its commencement is
traditionally determined by the appearance of the new moon.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 20:27

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