Eid al-Fitr observed by some Muslim nations

Eid al-Fitr observed by some Muslim nations
Mon Jul 28, 2014 13:58:33

A number of Muslim nations, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Turkey, Indonesia, Qatar, Kuwait, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Syria, and Palestine are celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Monday.

This is while other nations, including Iran, said the moon crescent marking the beginning of the new month could not be sighted Sunday night and will therefore celebrate the auspicious end of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday.

The fasting month of Ramadan - the ninth month on the Islamic calendar - culminates in the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which is one of the major holidays in the Muslim world.

On the day of the Eid, which begins with congregational prayers at major mosques, Muslims are urged to be especially generous and compassionate.

Part of the Eid celebration in many countries include offering gifts to younger relatives and friends as well as visiting and feasting with loved ones.

Under the Islamic law, the old month’s end is declared only after the new moon crescent is sighted.