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. Also Read - Eid-ul-Fitr: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan And Other Wish Eid Mubarak as Holy Month of Ramadan Ends
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. Also Read - Eid-Ul-Fitr 2021: Here Are 5 Unique Traditions From Across The World
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. Also Read - Eid-Ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2021 in Lucknow: Markazi Chand Committee Announces Eid on May 14
As spotting the new moon would be impossible due to the setting of the moon before the sun.
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