Riyadh, Jun 7: Muslims in Saudi Arabi and around the world are observing dawn-to-dusk fast in the month of Ramadan or Ramzan and are keen to know the date for Chand Raat and Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr 2018. 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. Muslims in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will look for the moon on June 14, which will be 29th of Ramadan and Chand Raat.

Eid 2018 Date in Saudi Arabia: If the moon is sighted on June 14, Eid will be celebrated on June 15 in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. If not sighted, Ramadan month will complete 30 days and Muslims will celebrate Eid on June 16. According to a senior Saudi meteorologist, Ramadan is expected to last this year for 29 days, meaning the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday will be celebrated on June 15. Abulaziz Al Husseini said that this astronomical calculation is on condition of atmospheric clarity on the day of the moon sighting for Eid, as reported by Alarbiya.

The final confirmation on whether Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated in KSA on June 15 would be made by the Saudi Grand Mosque in Mecca. Eid is one of the two biggest festivals celebrated by Muslims worldwide, which marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. 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 forgiveness and thanking Allah for helping people to complete the fasting ritual.