Id-El-Fitr: FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays

Schools across Dubai will close from Thursday in celebration of Eid Al Fitr which has yet to be announced. Satish Kumar  The National

"Reports of the Shawwal crescent moon has been sighted on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, meaning Eid al Fitr should would officially begin on Friday", Al Arabiya reported.

Sharia courts all over the country have also been called on to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee of any sightings.

How do you celebrate Eid al-Fitr?

Bukhari said that the festival will be celebrated on Saturday as there was no sight of moon anywhere across the country today.

With Eid Al Fitr just around the corner, UAE residents can enjoy firework shows across the country.

The festival will be celebrated tomorrow in the southern state as the moon was sighted in Kozhikode district, around 370 kms from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

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Also, moon was spotted in Saudi Arabia, according to Arab media.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims abstain from food, drink and smoking from the "sahur" meal at sunrise to the "iftar" meal at sunset.

The committee's research chief earlier said moon will not be visible on the evening of Thursday.

Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice issued the resolution for the moon-sighting committee.

The federal government has declared Friday, June 15 and Monday 18, as public holidays to mark this year's Id-el Fitr celebration.

Eid, which is celebrated from Friday, comes at the end of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain for a month from activities including eating, drinking, smoking and sex during daylight hours. It is believed that the holy book of Quran was written during this month.

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