With reported sightings of the crescent moon in several regions of the country, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday 22 April.
“Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the country tomorrow, the moon has been sighted today” Lucknow Eidgah Imam Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali told ANI.
One of the most auspicious and revered festivals in Islam is Eid-ul-Fitr, also known as Eid al-Fitr. It is regarded as the last day of the month-long Ramadan fast (Roza). Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar, while Shawwal, which means “festival of breaking the fast,” is the tenth month. The Muslim celebration of Eid-al-Fitr is observed on the first day of the Shawwal month. Muslim communities around the world observe Eid-ul-Fitr on the last day of Ramadan by witnessing the crescent Moon. To establish the beginning of the tenth Islamic month of Shawwal, the ritual of sighting the Moon involves keeping an eye out for the crescent or new Moon.
As the moon is sighted in various part of India, Eid-ul-Fitur will be celebrated tomorrow, Saturday 22 April, during which Muslims observe Roza from dawn to dusk, pray to Allah for guidance and peace, carry out charitable works by offering Zakat to the needy and destitute, give back to the community by performing humanitarian deeds, and more. It’s seen to be the most sacred night of the year. The preparation of foods like biryani, kebabs as well as sweet delights like sheer khurma and rasmalai, plays a big part in the Eid celebrations.