The UAE’s moon sighting committee has just announced that Eid Al Fitr, also known as the festival of fast breaking, begins on tomorrow and that today was the last day of Ramadan for this country. The moon sighting committee gathered today to ensure that a new/crescent moon could be sighted. While this is a world-wide celebration for Muslims, the official start of Eid varies in different countries as its start is contingent upon the sighting of the new moon. For example, in Pakistan Eid Al Fitr will be celebrated on Tuesday as there are no chances of moon sightings tonight.
Eid Al Fitr is a celebration in which Muslims recognize the ending of Ramadan and the beginning of the month of Shawwal, the 10th month that follows the month of Ramadan on the Islamic calendar. On the actual day of Eid Muslims take part in religious activities such as gathering together to recite the Eid prayer. The celebration, however, usually continues for about 3 days. For those 3 days Muslims visit family members, friends, and give gifts, especially to children. Government offices here are closed for the entire week to ensure that Muslims are able to spend time with their family members and other loved ones.
As the fasting period has ended, we all are able to resume our normal daily activities. We will be celebrating Eid by going to Dubai tomorrow to eat lunch. I’m so excited about being able to dine inside of restaurant before 7:30pm. With that being said, I would like to wish everyone a happy and joyous Eid.