Dubai: Eid ul-Fitr, the day of festivities marking the end of the fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated on August 31 in the entire Arab world.
Abu Dhabi-based Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP) said August 31 will be the Eid day in most Muslim countries considering that sighting of the moon is a condition for the beginning of the month of Shawwal, the month following Ramzan.
Most of the countries, where the fasting month of Ramzan started on August 1, will have their 29th Ramzan on August 29, ICOP said in a statement carried by UAE`s official news agency.
According to ICOP, on that day moon-sighting would be impossible from all regions of the Islamic world due to moonset before or with sunset.
This will manifest itself in North and Central Asia including the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, northern and central Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Levant and North Africa, it said.
As for the rest of the Arab and Muslim world, the moon will be out in those areas after sunset, but the duration will be too short. As a result, the crescent cannot be seen by the naked eye or by using telescopes.
In other countries where the moon is sighted on August 29, Eid will be celebrated on August 30.