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Eid Al Fitr to Begin on April 10, Say Astronomical Studies

Mon 25 Mar 2024 | 11:10 PM
Eid Al Fitr Prayer, File Photo
Eid Al Fitr Prayer, File Photo
Rana Atef

The latest astronomical calculations determine the start of Shawal month, which kicks off with Eid Al Fitr, will begin on Wednesday, April 10, adding that Ramadan month will be a 30-day one.

The National Research Institute of Astronomy & Geophysics (NRIAG) announced last week that the final day of Ramadan will be on April 9, adding that this year's Ramadan will be a 30-day month.

According to astronomical studies, the longest Ramadan day is the final one, and the duration of the fasting will be 14 hours, and 14

Furthermore, the crescent moon will be set before the sunset of the observation day.

Eid Al-Fitr is a significant religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

This festive break spans three days and is one of two major religious holidays in Islam, the other being Eid Al-Adha, which is observed on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic Hijri calendar.

On the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr and Sinai Liberation Day, the Egyptian government has declared a paid holiday for employees from 20 to 25 April.

The first day of Eid, marked on the first day of Shawwal, according to the Islamic Hijri calendar, is based on lunar calculations. Months vary between 29 and 30 days, depending on crescent sightings.