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Eid ul-Fitr 2018: India celebrates the festival with full fervour

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 16, Jun 2018, 14:23 pm IST | UPDATED: 16, Jun 2018, 14:42 pm IST

Eid ul-Fitr 2018: India celebrates the festival with full fervour New Delhi: The festival of Eid is here and Muslims all around the globe are busy celebrating the holy festival. In India, the celebrations will take place on June 16.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across India on Saturday while Kerala will celebrate the festival on Friday as the moon was not sighted.

The holy festival of Eid is knocking on our doors and people are busy preparing for the grand celebration that will be observed in India on Saturday, June 16. Eid-ul-Fitr, also called, Eid-Al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims across the globe. The celebrations depend upon the sighting of the moon and if the moon is sighted, the country celebrates Eid on the next day.

The moon has been sighted in Delhi, which means that India will celebrate Eid tomorrow, on June 16.

As per an IANS report, Jama Masjid's Shahi Imam Bukhari said that the new moon was sighted around 7. 35 p.m.

"I convey my heartiest greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr," Bukhari said.

Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated by breaking the 30-day long fast with a grand celebration. The day is the only day when Muslims aren't permitted to fast.

The festival was brought by Islamic prophet Muhammad and it is believed that the festival originated in Medina, after he migrated from Mecca. In today's time, Mecca and Medina are considered the two holiest places of Islam.

The day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal depending upon the sighting of the moon the previous night. The fasting ends and people look forward to Eid celebrations the day after. On the day of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims offer a particular salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two rakats (units) which is usually offered in an open field or large hall.

Wishing all FacenFacts's readers Eid Mubarak!

Some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Eid date and timings of moon sighting:

When is Eid 2018 in India?
Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across India on June 16. In Kerala, however, it would be observed on June 15, Friday.

How is Eid celebrated?
On Eid, people wear new clothes and visit holy shrines to seek blessings of the divine. The festival is marked with feasts and the meeting of families, relatives and friends, where they exchange greetings and gifts with each other.

How is Eid date decided?
The date and time of Eid differ in various countries, depending upon the sighting of the crescent moon.

When will be the moon sighting for Eid-ul-Fitr?
The astronomical new moon occurs at 1:12 am on June 14 and thus, the first visible crescent will occur on June 15, marking Eid-ul-Fitr the next day.

When is Eid al Fitr in other countries?
While Australia and New Zealand will ring in the festival on Saturday, Singapore and Malaysia are observing it on Friday. Eid-ul-Fitr is also being celebrated in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Friday.

How is Eid celebrated?
On Eid, people wear new clothes and visit holy shrines to seek blessings of the divine. The festival is marked with feasts and the meeting of families, relatives and friends, where they exchange greetings and gifts with each other.