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Eid-Ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2020 Live Updates in Saudi Arabia: No Moon Sighted, Eid Will be Celebrated on Sunday, May 24

Eid-Ul-Fitr 2020: Catch live updates of moon sighting in Saudi Arabia.

Updated: May 22, 2020 9:30 PM IST

By Buzz Desk | Edited by Kritika Vaid

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Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2020: Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world have been waiting to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. They have observed dawn-to-dusk fasts in the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan. Every Muslim wants to know the date for Chand Raat and Eid-ul-Fitr 2020.

People in Saudi Arabia will notice the sky today to observe moon. While many depend on sighting the crescent moon with the naked eyes, some organisations use astronomical charts to plan it. The day is observed to end Ramzan or Ramadan and subsequently, Shawwal month will begin. The moon is not sighted today, May 22, so therefore 30th of Ramadan would be observed on Saturday, May 23 and Eid-Ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday, May 24.

The Islamic calendar is based on the moon, unlike the Gregorian calendar followed by the West. Therefore, Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic year which is approx. 11 days earlier every year depending on the moon. 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. Though astronomers from Abu Dhabi’s International Astronomical Centre said Eid-ul-Fitr would likely fall on May 24.

As spotting the new moon would be impossible due to the setting of the moon before the sun.

Catch live updates of moon sighting in Saudi Arabia.

Live Updates

  • 9:22 PM IST


    The higher judiciary council of Saudi Arabia has announced that no moon has been sighted today. Thus 30 days of fasting will be completed.
    Eid-Ul-Fitr 2020 will be celebrated on May 24.
  • 9:21 PM IST

  • 9:16 PM IST
    There are reports of negative sighting in Susair, KSA.
  • 8:59 PM IST

  • 8:56 PM IST

  • 8:45 PM IST

    As per tweets, shared above, Shawaal moon sighted In Saudi Arabia tomorrow celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. Confirmation from the authorities still pending.

  • 8:43 PM IST

    The decision by the authorities will likely influence other countries in the Middle East including Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Oman, Libya, Iran, Iraq, and others.

  • 8:40 PM IST

    It’s 6:08 pm in Saudi Arabia. The announcement on Shawwal moon is expected in the next few minutes. The prayers are scheduled to begin after sunset and the decision will be taken by the authorities.

    Stay tuned.
  • 8:37 PM IST

    If the moon is not sighted, then Saturday will mark a regular fasting day and Eid will be celebrated on Sunday.

  • 8:22 PM IST

    The announcement will be made shortly whether the crescent moon will come or not. Over 1.9 Billion Muslims in the world are waiting for KSA’s decision on the dates of Eid-ul-Fitr as Saudi is the epicentre of Islam and custodian of holiest sites.

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