PMD reveals likely date for Eidul Fitr

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April 01, 2024

The sighting of the Shawwal moon, marking the end of Ramazan, is likely on Tuesday, April 9, across Pakistan, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

According to PMD, the birth of the Shawwal moon is expected to emerge on the night of April 8 at 11:21 pm local time.

By April 9, the moon’s age is expected to range between 19 to 20 hours, with an anticipated duration of moon sighting after sunset of more than 50 minutes on the horizon.

Clear skies are forecasted for most locations across the southern regions of the country, including Karachi, on April 9. However, northern areas may experience cloudy conditions during the moon sighting.

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PMD said that if the moon is sighted on April 9, Eidul Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 10.

Eidul Fitr is a significant religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide, marked with prayers, feasting, and the exchange of gifts among family and friends.

As the auspicious occasion of Eidul Fitr approaches, Pakistanis are preparing for a potentially extended holiday period, with six days set aside for festivities and celebrations.

In 2019, the IT ministry introduced the lunar calendar to address concerns related to moon sightings and ensure uniformity in Eid celebrations.

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Endorsed by the meteorological department, this calendar has become instrumental in determining the dates of various Islamic events, including Eidul Fitr.

Traditionally, Eid holidays commence a day earlier than the anticipated date to allow individuals ample time for preparations and to partake in the joyous festivities.

With the government contemplating a four-day holiday starting from April 9 (Tuesday) to April 12 (Friday), coupled with the usual weekend holidays on Saturday and Sunday observed by both government and select private offices, the total holiday period is expected to span six days.

Eidul Fitr holds immense cultural and religious significance for Muslims worldwide, marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan characterised by fasting, prayer, and reflection.

In Pakistan, the festival is celebrated with fervour, as families come together to exchange greetings, share meals, and extend acts of charity to the less fortunate.

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