Eid al-Fitr is being celebrated today (Sunday June 25) in the UK, Europe, America and Muslim countries where the new new moon crescent was sighted last night.
Saudi Arabia’s High Judicial Court confirmed the sighting of the Eid moon on Saturday night, confirming that Eid al-Fitr 1438 would fall today in the Sunni nation.
Malaysia, Qatar, Turkey and other Arab countries have also confirmed that Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on the same day.
Eid-al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon and its celebration varies in different countries.
The Shia Muslim state of Iran, Oman and several other countries have reportedly not sighted the moon, meaning first day of Eid al-Fitr will fall tomorrow (Monday June 26).
Bangladesh, Pakistan and India started Ramadan a day later than other countries and will lookout for the Eid moon on Sunday.
The festival marks the end of Ramadan during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.
Muslims are celebrating the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday with prayers for peace as they mark the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.
The day usually begins with early morning prayers and then family visits and feasts. Muslims greet each other by saying ‘Eid Mubarak’.
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “To everyone celebrating in London and around the world, happy Eid al-Fitr! From my family to yours.”
The mayor is inviting Londoners and others to a celebration of Eid in Trafalgar Square, central London, from noon on Sunday July 2.
His office said: “Thousands of Londoners and visitors come to this free event every year to celebrate the end of Ramadan and enjoy an array of entertainment, delicious food and family fun.”
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “Best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr.
“This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity.
“This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous communities.”