Gulf Region, West Celebrating Eid On Monday


SRINAGAR: In most of the Muslim world, Sunday will be the last day of the Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. Reports from Saudi suggest that the Shawwal crescent was not sighted anywhere so the region will celebrate Eid on Monday, May 2.

Youngsters in Kashmir periphery gave it a try but could not trace the crescent moon (the photograph is satirical and taken to ridicule the people who do not observe the fasting but are keen to celebrate Eid) Photo: Facebook

Reports said Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court and the moon sighting committees in the UAE, Qatar and other Arab states have already announced that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday.

A number of countries in the West including the USA, UK Canada and most of Europe celebrate Eid as per the decision announced by Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court.

Egypt, Turkey and Iraq will celebrate also celebrate Eid on Monday.

Traditionally, the Eid in South Asia is celebrated a day after the Gulf. However, it depends on the crescent sighting. It has happened quite a few times when the entire Muslim world celebrates the Eid on the same day. It all depends on the sighting of the Shawaal crescent Sunday evening. Sunday will be the 29th day of the Ramzan in Kashmir.

The Islamic lunar calendar has 12 months with 29 or 30 days. If the crescent moon is visible shortly after sunset on the evening of day 29, the following day is the first day of the new month. If no sighting is made, a 30th day is added to the current month, which is then followed by the first day of the subsequent month.


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