Saudi Arabia: Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr marks the first day of Shawwal month. Muslims in Saudi Arabia will make an attempt to sight the moon tonight. If the crescent Moon is sighted tonight, then the Gulf countries will be celebrating their Holy festival on May 12, 2021 and if not, then on May 13. Saudi Arabia country follows the Umm al-Qura calendar that is determined at the Institute of Astronomical & Geophysical Research of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh.Also Read - Saudi Plans to Impose Penalties, Travel Ban on Its Citizens For Visiting ‘Red List’ Countries

Every year, Eid-ul-Fitr occurs approximately 10-11 days earlier depending on the occurrence of the crescent moon because lunar months are shorter than the solar months, hence it varies from country to country by about a day. The crescent moon is first sighted in Saudi Arabia after the rest of the world assumes when to celebrate the festival. India usually celebrates Eid on the second day of the crescent moon sighting in Saudi Arabia. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Express Announces Flight Services From Saudi, Kuwait to India; Opens Booking | Check Full Schedule Here

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court called Muslims in UAE, Qatar, and other Arab states to sight the crescent moon on Tuesday evening, which will mark the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of Ramadan 2021. Also Read - International Flights: Nepal to Resume Services From Tomorrow, Domestic Flights From July 1

Apart from praying to Allah, exchanging gifts, relishing traditional delicacies, and wishing each other ‘Eid Mubarak,’ the festival is also celebrated by offering zakat which is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. People contribute a part of their earnings to charity as a gesture of equality in celebration.

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    Eid will be Celebrated on May 13:

    Saudi Arabia to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on May 13.
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    Astronomers at Sumair, Tumair:

    Astronomers take their places at Sumair and Tumair to search
    for the crescent moon on Tuesday evening.

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    Saudi Royal Court, Moon Sighting Officials, Religious
    Authorities To Meet And Decide Eid-ul-Fitr Date:

    The Saudi Royal Court will meet today after Salat al-Maghrib and attempt to sight moon tonight and will confirm the report on moon sighting. Moonsighting officials and religious authorities in UAE, Qatar, and other Arab states will also meet today evening to decide when Eid will fall.

  • 8:41 PM IST

    Indonesia, Malaysia To Celebrate Eid on May 13:

    As per the authorities, Indonesia and Malaysia said that the crescent moon has not been sighted. Therefore, May 12 will be the last day of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 13.

  • 8:38 PM IST

    Jeddah Says Moon Likely To Be Sighted on May 12

    The Jeddah Association said that Shawwal moon will most
    likely be sighted on Wednesday, May 12 and Eid-ul-Fitr will fall on May 13.

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    IACAD Clarifies Prayers Guidelines:

    The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai has clarified that the prayer halls will be open 15 minutes before Eid-ul-Fitr prayers and will close immediately after the prayers are completed. Eid prayers including sermon will be held for a duration of 15 minutes. Prayers will begin at 5:52 am in Dubai.

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