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India, Pakistan to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow

Published: June 04, 2019 21:50:23 | Updated: June 05, 2019 10:49:39


Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across India and also Pakistan Wednesday (June 5), report agencies.

In India Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari informed after the crescent moon was sighted across several states in India.

In Pakistan, the Shawwal moon was sighted in the country Tuesday, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced on the day.

Mumbai Jama Masjid and Kolkata's Nakhoda Masjid have also announced that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow in India after the crescent moon was sighted.

The moon was also sighted in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Patna in Bihar, confirming that Eid festival will be celebrated on June 5 across the country.

The sighting of the crescent moon marks the end of Ramzan month and arrival of the Eid festival.

The decision in Pakistan was announced by Mufti Muneebur Rehman, who chaired the moon sighting meeting of the committee in Karachi.

Last month, the Pakistan federal government had announced that according to predictions of the meteorological department, the Shawwal crescent would be sighted on June 4 and Eid would be celebrated the following day.

On the other hand, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is celebrating Eid today (Tuesday).

Provincial Information Minister Shaukat Yousufzai said that the chief minister took the decision in light of several moon sighting testimonies received from across the province.

Eid-ul-Fitra is observed in the month of Ramzan when people in the Muslim community practice Roza (fasting in Islam). The ritual is performed by observing a sehri and iftar. Sehri marks the beginning of a Roza while iftar marks the end of a Roza. This ritual is followed for a period of close to 30 days.

In some parts of the world, the Eid is being celebrated today since the crescent moon in UAE and other western countries was sighted yesterday.

However, in India and many other nations, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow.

 

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