Moon-Sighting Committee to decide Eid-ul-Fitr day on Friday

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The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has declared that the holidays will begin from Thursday, June 14, and the festival will be celebrated on Friday.

The beginning of Eid Al Fitr in the UAE will be announced tonight after the moon-sighting committee convenes at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.

Millions of Asia's Muslims were on the move on Wednesday as they headed for hometowns to celebrate with relatives the Eid Al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Whichever community that sights the moon first will send the message to other communities. The lunar cycle is used to calculate the Islamic Hijri era and this year's Ramadan was observed at a different time across India, as the moon was not been visible in some parts of the country.

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Eid, which is expected to begin from Thursday, comes at the end of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain for a month from activities including eating, drinking, smoking and sex during daylight hours.

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal committee will meet on Thursday evening in Karachi for sighting the Shawwal moon. Now, that Eid ul-Fitr is around the corner, it is quite probable that the moon sighting problem will persist yet again.

The Islamic calendar is determined by moon phases making each month last either 29 or 30 days.

Some connotes that "Eid" means "celebration" and "Mubarak" means "Blessed", which translates wishing your near ones a blessed Eid al-Fitr.

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