Eid Al-Fitr to begin Oct 1, astronomers confirm

Emirates Astronomical Society says last day of holy month of Ramadan will fall on Sept. 30.
By Alex Morgan
Mon 15 Sep 2008 05:50 PM

Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, will start on the Oct. 1, UAE state news agency WAM reported on Monday.

Astronomical studies by the Emirates Astronomical Society (EAS) and the Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP) have revealed that the last day of Ramadan will fall on Sept. 30 and Eid will begin the following day.

"Astronomical calculations show that Eid Al-Fitr will be on the first of October [Wednesday] for majority of countries which started Ramadan on Monday [Sept. 1]," Mohammed Shuwkat, rapporteur of activities at EAS and chairman of the ICOP, was quoted as saying.

"Countries which began fasting on Monday will not be able to see the crescent on Monday [Sept. 29] as the moon will set before the sunset. Accordingly, these countries must complete Ramadan up to the 30th day."

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