DUBAI – Eid Al Fitr 2017 is likely to be observed on June 25 in the countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and most Muslim countries.
In this regard, moon sighting committees would be formed which will gather on Saturday, June 24 to watch Eid 2017 moon (Shawwal crescent) after the Maghrib prayers.
However, according to the Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP), astronomically Eid Al Fitr 2017 of Hijri year 1438 will be on Sunday, June 25 in most Muslim countries, considering that sighting of the moon is a precondition for the beginning of the month of Shawwal.
Eid Al Fitr 2017 Holidays
Earlier, Saudi Arabia extended Eid-al-Fitr 2017 holidays up to 15 Shawwal and the Kingdom announced to celebrate the festival till 15 Shawwal.
The announcement came as part of royal decrees which replaced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with Mohammed bin Salman, previously deputy crown prince.
“Emanating from the wish of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to facilitate for citizens, and as the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr ends on Saturday, 7/10/ 1438H, he directed to extend the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr for all employees of the government sector and start work on Sunday, 15/10/1438 AH,” said a report by Saudi Press Agency.
The announcement means government employees in the Kingdom will start work on July 9 instead of July 1.