Riyadh, Jun 14: Muslims in Saudi Arabia are observing Chand Raat (when Muslims gather to spot the new moon) this evening and will look for the crescent moon. The sighting of the moon on Chand Raat will determine the date for Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr celebration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This will also mark the end of Ramadan and beginning of Shawwal month. Catch live updates on moon sighting in Saudi Arabia here.
Eid 2018 Date in Saudi Arabia: Muslims in KSA will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr either on June 15 or June 16 depending on moon sighting. A new month in Islamic calendar, which follows the lunar cycle, starts with the sighting of the moon on 29th of every month. If the moon is not sighted on 29th, that month completes 30 days. Therefore, if the moon is sighted this evening, Eid will be tomorrow on June 15. If not sighted, Ramadan month will complete 30 days and Muslims will celebrate Eid on June 16.
Abulaziz Al Husseini, a senior Saudi meteorologist, predicted that Ramadan will last this year for 29 days, meaning the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on June 15. He said that this astronomical calculation is on condition of atmospheric clarity on the day of the moon sighting for Eid, reported Alarbiya. The confirmation on whether Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated in KSA on June 15 would be made by the Saudi Grand Mosque in Mecca.