Eid ul Fitr 2021: Ramadan is coming to an end with families now waiting to hear news of the date of Eid ul Fitr. Eid marks the end of the month of daily fasting and the start of the next month, Shawwal. But when will it be?
Those following the Islamic calendar are now heading towards the last day of Ramadan and the start of the Eid festivities.
A verified sighting of the new moon is needed for an announcement.
The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has asked people to look for the Shawwal moon on the evening of Tuesday, May 11, which is the 29th day of Ramadan.
Under Islamic customs, people look for the moon on the 29th day of any month. If it’s seen, that month comes to an end; if not, the month goes on for another day and lasts a full 30 days.
Anyone in Saudi Arabia who sights the crescent with the naked eye or through binoculars is being asked to report it to officials.
However, lunar charts indicate it won’t be possible to see the moon on May 11.
UK astronomers at HM Nautical Almanac Office, a Government agency, said no sightings were possible anywhere in the world on that date.
Dates of Eid and other Islamic months and events can vary by a day or so depending on moon-sighting announcements from different locations.
Some communities follow the Saudi news, others look for confirmation from Morocco. This year, it looks like moon visibility will be the same in both of those locations, making Eid the same date. Some also attempt to see the moon in the UK, where it may be a day different.
According to Timeanddate.com, the New Moon will emerge tonight at 7.59pm in the UK.
The waxing crescent follows the day after as expected, on May 12.
UK astronomers at government agency HM Nautical Almanac Office also said stargazers should be able to see the new moon on May 12 from parts of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia.