In Bangladesh, a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee will be held Tuesday evening to fix the date of Eid-ul-Fitr
Even as some countries including Bangladesh are yet to convene their panels on moon-sighting, six countries announced that the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, will begin on Wednesday.
Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan and Australia announced that Tuesday will be the last day of Ramadan and that Eid-ul-Fitr will be on Wednesday.
In Bangladesh, a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee will be held Tuesday evening to fix the date of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The meeting will be held at the Islamic Foundation's office at 7:15pm local time with State Minister for Religious Affairs Advocate Sheikh Md Abdullah in the chair. The committee will announce the date of Eid-ul-Fitr after reviewing information on sighting of Shawwal moon.
Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had said that Eid-ul-Fitr would be on Wednesday, according to the lunar calendar prepared by his ministry, Khaleej Times reported.
The UAE Embassy in Bangkok also issued a statement, “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-ul-Fitr.”
The date of Eid-ul-Fitr typically varies from country to country, depending on whether the moon has been spotted. The lunar cycle is used to calculate the Islamic Hijri era and this year’s Ramadan was observed at a different time across India, as the moon was not visible in some parts of India. As has been the case many times in the past, Eid is celebrated on separate days across the country.
Muslims in India, except in Kerala and Udupi and Dakshin Kannada districts of Karnataka, will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday if the moon is sighted on Tuesday.