New Delhi, Jun 14: Muslims in most parts of India will look for the moon this evening to determine the date for Eid 2018 celebration. The 29th day of Ramadan, which is today, is known as Chand Raat when Muslims keep an eye out for the crescent moon. The sighting of the moon on Chand Raat will determine the date for Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr celebration in India. The sighting of the moon will also mark the end of Ramadan and beginning of Shawwal month.
Eid 2018 Date: The Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle, meaning a new month begins with the sighting of the moon on 29th of every month. If the moon is not sighted on 29th, that month completes 30 days. Hence, if the moon is sighted this evening, Muslims in India will celebrate Eid tomorrow on June 15. If not sighted, Ramadan month will complete 30 days and Muslims will celebrate Eid on June 16.
It may be noted here that Muslims in some parts of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar began fasting for Ramadan from May 18 as the moon was not sighted there on May 16. However, Muslims in the rest parts of the country saw the moon on May 16 and began fasting for Ramadan from May 17. Therefore, if the moon is sighted in each part of the country, those who began fasting from May 18 will have to keep an extra fast later.
Eid is one of the two biggest festivals celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Muslims offer a special prayer in open areas like fields, community centres, etc. or at mosques. The Eid celebrations last for three days and are believed as a time of seeking forgiveness and thanking Allah for helping people to complete the fasting ritual.