The first Eid of 2019, Eid-ul-Fitr is all set to mark an end to the festival of Ramzan. The sighting of the crescent moon in the sky marks the start and end of this month-long festival. Muslims all over the world celebrate the ‘breaking of the fast’ with a hearty meal.
In the festival of Ramzan- a fast is observed for a month from sunrise to sundown. According to the religion of Islam, this is to evoke respect for the unprivileged and the poor in society. Furthermore, this holy month also aims for seeking nearness to Allah.
Although monsoon rain is still far away, showers are expected in a few parts of the world including Bangladesh. The question arises, in such a situation, what happens if our moon is not visible?
In such cases, the date of Eid changes. It depends from country to country, as to when the moon will be sighted. Accordingly, Eid is celebrated whenever it is spotted!
This is also the reason why there are no fixed dates for this auspicious festival every year. The ‘Lunar cycle’ is used to calculate the Ramzan dates- based on the phases of the moon. Countries that lie on the west of the International Dateline will celebrate Eid on 5th June. Whereas, countries in East Asia will observe it on 6th June.
In India, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on 5th June, as the moon is to be spotted on the 4th. This is with the exception of Muslims residing in Kerala, Udupi and south districts of Karnataka. These areas started their Ramzan a day earlier and thus observed Eid on 3rd June.