By a Staff Writer
Published — Saturday 15 December 2001
Last Update 15 December 2001 3:00 am
JEDDAH, 15 December — Today (Saturday) is the 30th day of Ramadan and tomorrow (Sunday) will be the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
A statement by the Supreme Judiciary Council said the council met yesterday after sunset to check on whether the new moon has been sighted but received no confirmation of the sighting of the moon by the evening. As a result, the statement said, today would be the 30th day of Ramadan and the first day of Eid would be celebrated tomorrow.
A number of Arab countries also announced that Ramadan would end today and the three-day Eid Al-Fitr feast will begin tomorrow.
The council congratulated Muslims on the blessed occasion wishing them prosperity and victory.
According to the Muslim lunar calendar, Eid Al-Fitr begins the morning after the sighting of the new moon ending Ramadan, the ninth month of the lunar calendar.