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Eid to begin Sunday, says UAE astronomer

Last day of Ramadan to fall on Saturday, crescent moon expected at 7:54pm

Eid to begin Sunday, says UAE astronomer

Eid al-fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, will fall on Sunday 19 August,
according to calculations of a UAE astronomer, reported official news agency WAM.

Calculations show that the crescent moon
marking the beginning of the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar Shawwal
will rise on Friday 17 August, at 7.54pm local time, claimed astronomy
researcher and General Supervisor of the Sharjah Planetarium Ibrahim

The Eid Al Fitr holiday for the public sector will begin on Friday
17 August, based on Saturday being the first day of Shawwal, WAM earlier said.

The public sector will resume work on Tuesday,
the fourth day of Shawwal, according to a circular issued by the Humaid
Mohammad Al Qatami, Minister of Education and chairman of the Federal
Authority for Government Human Resources.

Private sector employees
will be given Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August off, providing
Saturday is the first day of Shawwal. If Eid falls on Sunday the holiday
moves forward a day, Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash said.

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Bob 8 years ago

If Shawwal starts Saturday then so does Eid, the above is contradictory.

Mohamed 8 years ago

Bob, I agreed with you. My understanding from this, is that saturday is Eid day.....??

Nas 8 years ago

Agreed, the article does contradict itself.

However, if the new moon will rise on Friday evening then it will not be visible until Saturday evening - Thus, Sunday will be the 1st of Shawwal.

Alex 8 years ago

Dear Sara,
Indeed, so contradictory is this article, it would have been better not to publish it.
Dear Nas,
Without your light I'd be in the total lunar darkness.
Dear All,
All of this is still assumption based. I was told we will have the official announcement tonight.