Eid ul Fitr in most Islamic countries Oct 1

September 15th, 2008 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Sep 15 (IANS) Eid ul Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, will fall Oct 1 this year in most Islamic countries, the Emirates Astronomical Society (EAS) and Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP) announced Monday.“Astronomical calculations show that Eid ul Fitr will be on the first of October (Wednesday) for majority of countries which started Ramadan on Monday (Sep 1),” the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) quoted Mohammed Shuwkat, rapporteur of activities at EAS and chairman of the ICOP, as saying.

“Countries which began fasting on Monday will not be able to see the crescent on Monday (Sep 29) as the moon will set before the sunset. Accordingly, these countries must complete Ramadan up to the 30th day,” he added.

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