Rabat – Today is the last day of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Supreme Court has announced that Eid al-Fitr will be Friday, June 15, after the moon was sighted, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most Muslim countries will celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday on the same day, including Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, and Kuwait.
Eid al-Fitr or the “Feast of Breaking the Fast” in English, comes on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, signaling the end of Ramadan. Mosques throughout the country will hold Eid al-Fitr prayers on Friday.
As a major public holiday, Eid al-Fitr will allow people to rest from work more in Saudi Arabia, as King Salman issued a directive to extend this year’s Eid break until Sunday, June 24.
Moroccans, according to the calculations of astronomer Hicham El Aissaoui, will celebrate the Eid al-Fitr feast on Friday.
“Ramadan 2018 has only 29 days, consequently, Eid Al-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, June 15,” he said. El Aissaoui also predicted Eid al-Adha to be celebrated on Wednesday, August 22.
Even if the astronomical calculations all predict that Eid al-Fitr will be tomorrow, Moroccan authorities prefer to wait to observe the moon to officially declare the holiday.
For this special day, families gather around a table full of various Moroccan pastries, cakes, and breads, accompanied by mint tea, milk, and coffee.