By Nushrat Anjum
Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic calendar. Eid Al-Fitr means ‘Festival of breaking the fast’. Since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the old month ends and the new one begins when a crescent moon is seen. Based on this sighting, it’s then determined when Eid Al-Fitr will be celebrated.
Ramadan started on May 27, 2017 this year, so the tentative date for Eid Al-Fitr in Qatar as announced by Qatar Calendar House, and also for the United States, and Europe is June 25 or 26. Astronomers have reported that the sighting of the new moon will be on June 24 – however, the new moon will be seen at different times depending on the location and visibility of that day. Generally, Eid Al-Fitr is marked with a three-day holiday in most Muslim majority countries but this also varies.
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