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Eid Al Fitr 2023 declared on Friday in UAE, Qatar & Saudi Arabia

Eid Al Fitr 2023 announced: Shawwal crescent moon spotted in Saudi Arabia

The crescent Moon that signals the end of the holy month of Ramadan was spotted in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, according to local media reportThe first day of Eid Al Fitr 2023, therefore, is on Friday, April 21. This date also marks the first day of Islamic calendar month Shawwal.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has said that Eid Al Fitr holiday will begin from Friday, April 21. The holidays will be for a period of four days and regular working hours will commence from Tuesday, April 25. This applies to private and non-profit sectors in the Kingdom.

The Saudi moon-sighting committee had invited all Muslims to try and sight the moon on the evening of Ramadan 29 (Thursday). Islamic months last for 29 or 30 days, depending on when the Moon is sighted. With the Moon being spotted on Thursday, the holy month of Ramadan lasted for 29 days.

Eid Al Fitr 2023 will begin on Saturday for countries around the world according to the International Astronomy Centre.

On Wednesday the IAC announced that Ramadan would begin in Australia on Saturday, April 22.

On Wednesday the IAC announced that Ramadan would begin in Australia on Saturday, April 22.

It has now shared the dates for the start of Eid holidays in as many as six other countries around the world, citing organisations representing Muslims in those locations.

Eid Al Fitr 2023 dates around the world

According to social media posts shared by the International Astronomy Centre, Saturday April 22 will be the first day of Eid Al Fitr in:

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Japan

In each instance the last day of Ramadan was declared to be Friday, April 21 due to the Shawwal crescent moon not being sighted in the respective countries.

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