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    Eid Mubarak to all.

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    Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2019: As the Shawwal crescent has been sighted in Tumair region of Saudi Arabia, people will celebrate Eid on Tuesday. India.com wishes everyone a Happy Eid!

  • 10:01 PM IST
    Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2019: In India, Kerala is only state that celebrates Eid on the same day as Saudi Arabia. However, this year, Eid is likely to be observed in Kerala on Wednesday, June 5.
  • 9:59 PM IST

    Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2019: In India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries, Eid-ul-Fitr 2019 will be observed on June 5, Wednesday.

  • 9:57 PM IST

    Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2019: The Shawwal crescent sighted in Tumair region of Saudi Arabia. Eid-ul-Fitr 2019 to be celebrated tomorrow.

  • 9:42 PM IST

  • 9:39 PM IST

    Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2019: Crescent moon for the month of shawwal has been sighted. Saudi Arabia to celebrate Eid tomorrow, June 4. The month of Ramadan will end tonight with 29 fasts.

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  • 9:30 PM IST
    Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2019: “The Islamic Center in Thailand has announced that the final day of Ramadan is on Tuesday and Wednesday 5 June will be the first day of Eid Al Fitr,” a statement issued by the UAE Embassy in Bangkok said.

Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2019: Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world have been observing dawn-to-dusk fasts in the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan and are keen to know the date for Chand Raat and Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr 2019. The Islamic calendar is lunar that is based on the moon, unlike the Gregorian calendar followed by the West. Since lunar months are shorter than solar months, Muslims holy month of Ramadan, which takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic year, occurs approximately 11 days earlier every year depending on when the moon is sighted and the same is for Eid which varies from country to country by about a day. While many depend on sighting the crescent moon by the naked eye, some organisations use astronomical charts to plan a long way ahead.

The Saudi Arabia government uses the Umm al-Qura Calendar which is determined at the Institute of Astronomical & Geophysical Research of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh. Although this calendar is often criticised by other Muslim organisations and communities who depend on the actual sighting of the lunar crescent, it is followed by several neighbouring states on the Arabian Peninsula such as Bahrain and Qatar apart from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR).

The festive day begins by offering Eid prayer at the mosque. The Islamic prayer, known as salat, comprises of two units of prayer known as rakats along with six incarnations. The Eid prayer is followed by the sermon after which Muslims ask for Allah’s forgiveness, mercy, peace and blessings for all living beings across the world. The prayer is performed in an assembly and is followed by raising of the hands to the ears while saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ which means God is the greatest. Muslims believe that apart from fasting for a month, they are commanded by Allah to pay Zakat-al-Fitr before offering prayers on the occasion of Eid.