Shawwal moon not sighted, Eid-ul-Fitr in Pakistan on Saturday

Ramadan: Muslim faithful wait for a sign to celebrate

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday.

In Kerala, the moon was sighted in Kozhikode, a top cleric said.

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has released the statement below, detailing modalities for the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal. From fire-lit parades in Indonesia, to crowded journeys home in Bangladesh, we've found the best pictures from this year's Eid al-Fitr.

The Shawwall committee, dedicated to determining the new moon, announced the first day of the festival would take place on June 15.

This year, in 2018, that day will fall on Thursday, 14 June and ends in the evening of of Friday, 15 June in India. It is the day of the first sighting of the crescent moon shortly after sunset.

Next weekend, on June 23, London Mayor Sadiq Kahn will host the annual Eid in the Square celebration in Trafalgar Square.

In Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the month of Ramazan also began on Thursday, May 17, Geo News reported.

On Eid, people wear new clothes and visit holy shrines to seek blessings of the divine.

A second Eid festival - Eid al-Adha, which means "feast of the sacrifice" - is celebrated just over two months after Eid al-Fitr, at the same time when many Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage.

During the month-long festival, Muslims ask for forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance, ask for help in refraining from everyday evils and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. After participating in congregational prayers, Muslims will gather with friends and family to exchange gifts and share special holiday meals. The dates for Ramzan and Eid change every year depending on the phases of the moon.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has also confirmed parking timings during the Eid holiday.

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