Id-El-Fitr: FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays

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If the moon is seen anywhere in the country on that day, then the foundation declares that Eid will be celebrated the next day, reports BBC Bangla.

The Federal Government has declared June 15 and 18 as public holiday to celebrate the 2018 Eid-El-Fitr.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims abstain from food, drink and smoking from the "sahur" meal at sunrise to the "iftar" meal at sunset.

The moon of the month of Shawwal, marking Eid-ul-Fitr, has been sighted in the United Arab Emirates, it emerged on Thursday.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country except Kerala on Saturday as the moon was not sighted here today, Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari said. The date of Eid al-Fitr varies from country to country, depending on the moon's sighting.

Eid is expected to begin on either Friday, June 15, or Saturday, June 16. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith.

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Moroccans, according to the calculations of astronomer Hicham El Aissaoui, will celebrate the Eid al-Fitr feast on Friday.

Muslims believe that they are commanded by Allah and are suppose to fast till the last day of Ramadan and pay Zakat-al-Fitr before offering prayers on the occasion of Eid.

Accordingyly, moon sighting committees are formed in India and Pakistan as well and appeals have also been issued to the masses to sight the Eid moon today evening.

In Down South, no moon was sighted in Australia and New Zealand.

Some 70% of Indonesia's residents - about eight million people - headed for other cities and villages across the vast archipelago, home to the world's biggest Muslim-majority population.

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