First day of Eid al-Fitr on 6 July: Saudi Arabia

05 Jul 2016 | Written by Ramya ; Edited by Vaneet Randhawa

The Gulf nations have declared that Eid al-Fitr's first day to mark the end of Ramadan month would be observed on 6 July.

Saudi religious authorities stated that as they couldn't observe the crescent-moon on Monday, the annual feast would begin on Wednesday.

Though Eid is celebrated on different days by nations based on geographical location, most of the countries follow Saudi Arabia's decision.

In context: Celebrating Eid al-Fitr!

IntroductionWhat is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr, which translates to 'festival of breaking the fast', is a religious festival celebrated by the members of the Islam community across the globe.

The festival marks the end of Ramadan, the holy Islam month of fasting, and the start of Shawwal month.

The day of the festival varies every year as its occurrence is based on Islamic lunar calendar.

Quran's first revelation to Muhammad

According to the Islamic calendar, the holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month. Islam members observe a month-long fast to commemorate the Quran's first revelation to Prophet Muhammad during this month.
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Why is Eid celebrated?

SignificanceWhy is Eid celebrated?

The purpose of fasting during Ramadan month is to teach Muslims humility and patience and also remind them to help the less fortunate.

According to Muslims' belief, as mentioned in the Holy Quran, Allah had commanded Muslims to fast until the last day of the Ramadan.

Muslims were also commanded to pay Zakat (religious tax), and Fitrah (disposition) before they offer their Eid prayers.

PredictionPredicting the correct day of Eid

Eid al-Fitr is observed only after the new moon appears.

Since the new moon might be sighted on different days in different parts of the world, predicting the correct date is difficult.

Some people wait to observe the new moon themselves and celebrate, while some follow the calculations given in the Islamic calendar.

Several countries celebrate Eid on the day declared by Saudi Arabia.

CelebrationFestival of colorful celebrations, food festivals, and family bonding

On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims offer Eid prayers at mosques, hold family gatherings and feasts, visit friends and relatives, and exchange greetings and gifts.

Eid lasts for three days in most places during which people seek forgiveness, thank Allah, and give food and donations to the needy.

Islam says, "Eid al-Fitr is to celebrate the happiness which man feels after successfully completing an important task."

Eid celebrations in different countries

Eid is celebrated for three days starting from the first day of Shawwal month. Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bangladesh, Oman, and others celebrate the festival for over three days, up to 11 days.
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05 Jul 2016First day of Eid al-Fitr on 6 July: Saudi Arabia

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The rare occurrence when Eid falls on separate days in Pakistan and India happens once in 3 decades.

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