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Eid al-Fitr: Saudi Arabia declares Sunday first day

25 June 2017

Eid ul-Fitr is seen as a day that brings people together.

For example, authorities in Saudi Arabia - the birthplace of Islam, and dominated by Sunni Muslims - announce the start and end of Ramadan depending on testimonies of members of the public who observe the Moon by sight.

What is IFtar and Sehr? Some parts of Latin America, the U.S. and Africa will also be able to see the new moon with the naked eye on the evening of June 24. Gifts are exchanged, and Muslims convene at mosques to carry out Eid Prayer.

It is hard to predict when Eid -al-Fitr will take place, because the timing of it is based on the Islamic lunar Calendar. The month of Ramazan is the ninth month and begins with a combination of a sighting of the new moon and astronomical calculation.

A statement signed by Hall Abdel Manan Abdel Rahman, the General Secretary of COMOG, and issued to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said: "Like Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr is a time for love, perseverance, kindness, forgiveness and tolerance".

Hajiya Amina Katagun, a civil servant, at the Garki Market said she was happy to witness the end of Ramadan, but lamented the high cost of foodstuff and other goods in the market. Conversely, the festival will be rejoiced in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India on June 26.

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Tied inextricably to another pillar of Ramadan, the spirit of community, we need to start considering our nation as an entire community in and of itself.

Eid Al Fitr prayer in Qatar will be held at 5am just 15 minutes after sunrise, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs had announced earlier.

When is moon sighting expected?

In addition, the Museum of the City of NY in Manhattan will be hosting an Eid al-Fitr Community Celebration on Monday 26 June from 2-5pm and there will be a Sunday celebration on Long Island, hosted by Tribal Dance and Caravan Coinnection.

The religious Eid el-Fitr is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast, the holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset Ramadan fasting.

For some communities, Roza ended on Saturday after the sighting of the moon and Eid will be celebrated today.