Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting: The moon sighting committee in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that the crescent or Shawwal moon had not been sighted.
Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13.
— Haramain Sharifain (@hsharifain) May 11, 2021
The moon sighting is first observed in Saudi Arabia to determine the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. In India, the holy festival is marked on the second day of moon sighting in Saudi Arabia. Hence, Eid-ul-Fitr in India will be observed on Friday, May 14 this year.
Jeddah Astronomical Association has said that the most likely sighting date for the Shawwal moon will be on Wednesday 12 May. As per a top official, a new moon is likely to be sighted in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday which is May 12. If this is the case, Eid-ul-Fitr will follow on Thursday i.e. May 13 but a final announcement from the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia is awaited.
According to Islam, it is believed that it was during the month of Ramadan that the Holy Quran, which is the holy book for Muslims, was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and Eid al-Fitr is the feast that marks the end of this holy month and the beginning of the next month, Shawwal. Eid is also a celebration for having a successful month of fasting, praying and refraining from all negative actions, thoughts and words and is a way of paying respect to Allah.
On Eid-ul-Fitr, muslims across the globe offer prayers to Allah, exchange gifts, devour on traditional food and wish each other ‘Eid Mubuarak’. Muslims also offer ‘Zakat’, which is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. Not only that, as a token of equality, people also donate a part of their earnings to charity.