Islamabad/Riyadh, Jun 14: Muslims in Pakistan will try to spot the crescent moon this evening, which is Chand Raat (when Muslims gather to spot the new moon) to determine the beginning of Eid 2018 celebration. The sighting of the moon this evening will determine the date for Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr celebration in Pakistan, Suadi Arabia, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, France, Singapore, Japan, China, South Korea and other countries in Middle East and Europe. Catch live updates on moon sighting or Chand Raat for Eid celebration here.
Eid 2018 Date: A new month in the Islamic calendar is based on sighting of the crescent – the new moon, on the 29th day of an ongoing month. If the moon is sighted on 29th, the new month begins the next day. If the moon is not sighted on 29th, that month completes 30 days. Eid in Pakistan, Middle East, UK, US and European countries will be celebrated either on June 15 or June 16 depending on moon sighting.
If the moon is sighted this evening, Eid will be tomorrow on June 15 in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UK, US and other European and 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, reported Alarbiya.
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.