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.