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EID-UL-FITR 2024: GLOBAL MUSLIM COMMUNITIES GEAR UP FOR FESTIVITIES

Global Anticipation: Awaited Crescent Moon Signals Eid ul-Fitr Celebrations

09.04.2024
BY SALMA S.A.
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As the holy month of Ramadan nears its end, Muslim communities worldwide are eagerly anticipating the joyous occasion of Eid ul-Fitr. Throughout Ramadan, which began this year on March 11th, 2024, Muslims have devoted themselves to prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. Now, as they await the sighting of the crescent moon, preparations for the Eid celebrations are in full swing.

Ramadan, known as a time of spiritual reflection and self-discipline, is drawing to a close. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, refraining from food, drink, and other physical needs as a form of purification and spiritual growth. But Ramadan is not just about abstaining from worldly pleasures; it's a period for fostering empathy, strengthening relationships, and seeking forgiveness.

Acts of charity and generosity are particularly emphasized during Ramadan, with many Muslims engaging in philanthropic efforts to support those in need. From providing meals to the less fortunate to donating to charitable organizations, the spirit of giving is central to the observance of Ramadan.

Now, as the end of Ramadan approaches, attention turns to the sighting of the crescent moon, which will mark the beginning of Eid ul-Fitr. In India, the exact date of Eid will depend on the sighting of the Shawwal moon. If the crescent moon is visible on the evening of April 9th, 2024, Eid celebrations will commence on April 10th. Otherwise, Eid will be observed on April 11th.

The timing of Eid ul-Fitr, like Ramadan itself, is determined by the lunar calendar, resulting in its date shifting approximately 10-11 days earlier each year compared to the Gregorian calendar.

Across the Middle East and beyond, Muslim communities are also eagerly awaiting the sighting of the crescent moon. In Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Turkey, and other parts of the region, preparations for Eid al-Fitr are underway. The Saudi Arabia Supreme Court has called upon Muslims in the country to observe the crescent moon on the evening of April 8th, 2024. If sighted, this will signal the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal, with Eid celebrations beginning on April 9th.

However, if the crescent moon is not sighted on April 8th, these countries will observe another day of fasting, with Eid al-Fitr celebrations taking place on April 10th instead. This scenario would indicate a 30-day Ramadan, as opposed to the usual 29 days.

As Muslims around the world await the confirmation of the crescent moon, anticipation for Eid ul-Fitr continues to grow. The occasion represents not only the culmination of a month of spiritual devotion but also a time for joy, celebration, and unity among family and friends.

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