Eid Al-Fitr to begin on Thursday, Saudi Royal Court confirms

Eid Al-Fitr to begin on Thursday, Saudi Royal Court confirms
Eid Al-Fitr celebrations will begin in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. (AFP/File photo)
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Updated 12 May 2021

Eid Al-Fitr to begin on Thursday, Saudi Royal Court confirms

Eid Al-Fitr to begin on Thursday, Saudi Royal Court confirms
  • Wednesday will be the 30th day of Ramadan

RIYADH: Wednesday is the last day of Ramadan and Thursday will be the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, the Saudi Royal Court said on Tuesday night.

The decision came after Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committee said the crescent of the month of Shawwal could not be seen from the Tamir observatory.

The Royal Court issued a statement saying the Supreme Court’s Crescent Department held a meeting on Tuesday evening, corresponding to Ramadan 29, according to the Umm Al-Qura calendar, to study and evaluate the sighting of the crescent moon for the month of Shawwal.

“Since the sighting of the crescent was not visible, the department decided that Wednesday will be the 30th day of Ramadan,” and that Eid Al-Fitr will start on Thursday, the statement said.

The Supreme Court extended greetings to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi citizens and residents, and all Muslims on the advent of Eid Al-Fitr.

By tradition, the start of the new month is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon.