Crescent moon sighted - Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated on Jun 15

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The Astronomical Observatory at the Majmaa University completed its technical and administrative preparations to monitor the crescent of Shawwal on Thursday, reports Al Arabiya.

The UAE's moon sighting committee uses a two pronged approach, first searching for the new moon using telescopes and then confirming the new moon by sighting it with the naked eye.

Meanwhile, Australia and New Zealand will also celebrate the holy festival of Eid ul-Fitr on Saturday as the crescent of the moon was not sighted today.

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Ramadan began this year on a Thursday and will likely end on a Thursday in Morocco and other Muslim countries.

The final decision will be announced after Maghrib prayers, said the centre.

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THE Federal Government has declared Friday, 15 and Monday, 18 as public holidays to mark the 2018 Id-el Fitr. The committee said the moon sighting was confirmed on Thursday night in Al Ghazlania area in Qatar.

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

This moon marks the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting and prayer which has been going on now for 29 days, and the start of Shawwal.

The word Eid translates as celebration and Mubarak means blessed. Designated religious authorities, including those appointed by the Birmingham Central Mosque, will attempt to spot the moon around the sunset.

Mojaharul Mannan, director of the Cultural Department at the Islamic Foundation said: "We all work together to correctly determine the day of Eid".

Muslims in the coastal region of Karnataka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday June 14. Special prayers, including Traweeh prayers, were offered all across the Muslim world.

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