Eid al-Fitr: Saudi Arabia declares Sunday first day

Eid al-Fitr, which means 'festival of breaking the fast', marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

    'Eid Mubarak' in Arabic means 'blessed celebration' and is a common greeting for Eid al-Fitr.
    'Eid Mubarak' in Arabic means 'blessed celebration' and is a common greeting for Eid al-Fitr.

    Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and other Arab countries announced on Saturday that Sunday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr 1438.

    Iran, Oman, Morocco, South Africa, Brunei and Sri Lanka have not sighted the moon, and thus declared Monday, June 26 as the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

    Confirmed June 25
    • Australia
    • Algeria
    • Bahrain
    • Canada
    • Egypt
    • Iraq (Sunnis)
    • Indonesia
    • Jordan
    • Kuwait
    • Palestine
    • Qatar
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Syria
    • Sudan
    • Tunisia
    • Lebanon
    • Libya
    • Malaysia
    • UAE
    • UK
    • United States
    • Yemen

    Bangladesh, Pakistan, India will be sighting the moon on Sunday. These countries started Ramadan on May 28 and so Sunday will be the 29th of Ramadan for them.

    Eid al-Fitr, which means "festival of breaking the fast", marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

    Turkey and Muslim communities in North America, Europe and Australia had previously announced they would celebrate Eid al-Fitr from Sunday, June 25 based on astronomical calculations.

    Eid al-Fitr is an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies


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