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Eid-al-Fitr: Saudi Sights Moon, Declares Friday For Sallah

The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan, will begin in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

“Tomorrow, Friday, is the first day of Eid al-Fitr for this year,” the official Saudi Press Agency wrote on its Twitter account, citing a royal court statement.

According to the Muslim lunar calendar, the day of Eid al-Fitr is decided by the sighting of the crescent moon.

Traditionally, the holiday is observed with family gatherings.
Ramadan, the daytime fasting month, is one of Islam’s five pillars.

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Observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, and traditionally gather with family and friends to break their fast in the evening.

It is also a time of prayers, with the faithful converging in large numbers at mosques, especially at night.

Fasting is widely practised in Saudi Arabia, home of the holiest shrines in Islam in Mecca and Medina.

Saudis are expected to observe a four-day holiday for Eid al-Fitr.

 

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