WASHINGTON – The new moon for the Eid Al Fitr 2017 is likely to be cited on June 24, 29th Ramadan, in the United States of America (USA) as per Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP) announcement.

According to the ICOP, there are fair chances of moon sighting on Saturday, June 24.

It asked all the Muslim community in the US to make an effort to sight the Hilal on the evening of Saturday, June 24, 2017, for the month of Ramadan ul Mubarak 1438.

Many sects of Muslims in the United States usually follow announcements of moon-sighting in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, in UAE,  the Minister of Justice Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi has set up a moon sighting committee.

Al Badi will chair the moon-sighting committee he set up to confirm the start of the month of Shawwal.

The Committee is to convene after Maghreb prayer today on 29th of Ramadan at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.

The Supreme Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia will also meet today to witness the Ramadan crescent.

What Do People Do on Eid al Fitr?

Just like any Muslim country, people in the United States wake up early and perform Namaz e Eid either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque, in their finest clothes, specially designed (or prepared) for the occasion.

Image: USA Today

Muslims embrace each other after the prayers, congratulating of Eid. They decorate their houses, cook special dishes, sweets.

The beauty of Islam is that even on this happy-go-busy day, Muslims do not forget their poor brothers and distribute alms (Fitrah) among them.  Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.

Eid al-Fitr Observances

Note: According to Islamic customs, every month begins with moon sighting. It may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, as the moon sighting begins at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

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