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African Nations Observe Eid-ul-Fitr

Africa observes Eid-ul-Fitr
Africa observes Eid-ul-Fitr

The grand celebrations of Eid will be observed across most of Africa on Tuesday. At the end of Ramadan, Mali became the first nation to observe the Muslim festival

Most of Africa will observe Eid-ul-Fitr on Tuesday. Celebrated across the globe by Muslims, the festivities come at the end of the month-long fasting rituals of Ramadan.

Muslims across Mali were the first to observe Eid. The Shawwal crescent was sighted on Sunday in the West African nation, festivities began Monday.

Shawwal is the 10th month of lunar according to the Islamic calendar. The first day of Shawwal marks Eid-ul-Fitr or the “festival of breaking the fast”.

Most African nations rely on the Saudi announcement for determining the date of Eid-ul-Fitr. This year, however, most parts of the continent announced June 4 as Eid Day.

Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sierra Leone, the Republic of Congo, Egypt will all observe Eid today. There have been no official announcements of Shawwal moon sighting in Saudi Arabia, yet.

India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia will also observe Eid on Wednesday. Tuesday will mark the last day of Ramadan for these countries.

Gulf nations are yet to announce the exact date for Eid-ul-Fitr. Saudi is expected to observe Eid on Tuesday.  

“The Islamic Center in Thailand has announced that the final day of Ramadan is on Tuesday and Wednesday 5 June will be the first day of Eid Al Fitr,” said the UAE Embassy in Bangkok.