Saudi declares Eid al-Fitr to start on Sunday

Egypt tightens coronavirus restrictions for Eid holiday

Families rushed to buy candies and biscuits in Cairo on Friday as they prepared to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan under a tightened coronavirus curfew and lockdown.

Ramzan or Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, considered as the most pious month. It is usually the time of official receptions, and private visits, where friends greet each other and exchange gifts, although people will have to give it a miss amid lockdown.

"Eid-ul-Fitr congregations in the outskirts of towns and cities should be temporarily suspended". Legend goes that the festivals were initiated in Medina after the migration of Muhammad to Mecca.

The moon is likely to be sighted on Friday evening.

"The committee will meet after the Maghrib prayers on on Friday, May 22, 2020 corresponding to 29th of Ramadan 1441H at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to spot the crescent", the government sources said.

The proclamation provides that entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid'l Fitr, subject to existing community quarantine and social distancing measures.

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Catch live updates of moon sighting in Saudi Arabia. "Eid ul- Fitr gives the message of tolerance and equality", the Chief Minister said.

Eid will fall on either May 23 or 24 across the region.

The sighting of the moon on Friday will decide if Ramadan will last 29 or 30 days.

Moon not sighted in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated on May 24 as the moon is not sighted in these countries.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs chose to allow citizens to offer this year's Eid-Al-Fitr prayer at home rather than in congregation under exceptional circumstances, due to the wide spreading Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Special prayers, including Traweeh prayers, were offered all across the Muslim world. They have observed dawn-to-dusk fasts in the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan.

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