FG declares holidays to mark Id-el Fitr

FG declares holidays to mark Id-el Fitr

He congratulated the Muslim faithful on a successful completion of the Ramadan and enjoined all Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation. The Saudi government and the Supreme Court have called on Muslims and citizens to report to the nearest court on sighting the new crescent moon or Shawwal crescent.

The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. They are also expected to abstain from worldly desires and offer special prayers. "Therefore, tomorrow we will be sure to know if Thursday will be the last day of Ramadan or Friday", Al Rahbi told the Times of Oman. It translates into "the feast of breaking the fast".

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Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice issued the resolution for the moon-sighting committee. According to astronomical parameters, there is a "slight" chance of sighting the new moon on Thursday.

The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced a national holiday for private sector employees to mark Eid Al Fitr. There are, however, exceptions, as some sects have more strict rules to establish that the moon has been sighted and rely on individual testimony than the scientific methods. In Delhi-NCR, moon sighting can be hard as the sky has been engulfed with thick haze.

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The Eid festival falls on the first day of the 10th month of Shawwal.

Depending on when Eid begins, Shawwal 1 will either coincide with Friday, June 15, or Saturday, June 16.

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