Eid to be celebrated in Kerala today

Eid al Fitr 2018 Has the moon been sighted

"The moon was not sighted today".

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

The sighting of the moon signals the end of the holy month of Ramadan - when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset - and the start of the month of Shawwal.

Muslims in the coastal region of Karnataka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday June 14.

Since no valid testimony was received from across the country while the sighting of Shawwal moon, Eidul Fitr will be celebrated on June 16 (Saturday), Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced on Thursday.

Following the moon sighting, the first day of Eid will fall on Friday, June 15.

The objective of Eid is to thank Allah for the strength he provided to Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Eid Al Fitr celebrations begin with Eid prayers at fair, or dawn, and involves prayers performed in a group and specific particular rituals and a sermon. Astronomers gathered in Jebel Hafeet on Thursday morning in a bid to spot the new crescent moon signalling the end of Ramadan.

Often, the local committees have to collect and submit photos or videos of the moon as verification of the sighting.

The Chief Meteorologist of the met office has said that the moon has born at 00:43 PST on Thursday (today).

The Eid ul Fitr will most likely be celebrated in Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, UK and Europe on Friday.

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.

Ramadan-ul-Kareem in all regions of India began on May 17, barring parts of Maharashtra and the states of Assam and West Bengal.

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