Saudi Arabia is gearing up for Eid al-Fitr, the joyous celebration marking the end of Ramadan. Tonight, April 8th, holds particular significance as the Supreme Court urges citizens to participate in the sighting of the Shawwal moon. This crescent moon sighting traditionally signals the beginning of the month of Shawwal and the official date for Eid al-Fitr.

Public Participation Encouraged, But Astronomers Cautious

While the Supreme Court encourages everyone to witness the moon, either with the naked eye or binoculars, astronomers express skepticism. Their calculations suggest slim chances of successfully sighting the crescent tonight due to various astronomical factors. This raises the possibility that Eid al-Fitr might fall on Wednesday, April 10th.

Six-Day Holiday Announced for Eid

Adding to the anticipation, Saudi Arabia has declared a six-day holiday for public and private sector employees starting today, April 8th, and extending until Saturday, April 13th. This aligns with the possibility of celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday.

Important Note for Different Ramadan Start Dates

It’s important to note that countries that began Ramadan on March 11th, like Saudi Arabia, will be looking for the Shawwal moon tonight. However, nations that started Ramadan a day later, on March 12th, will conduct their moon sighting on Tuesday, April 9th.

Stay Updated: Moon Sighting Results to Determine Eid Date

The official confirmation of the Eid al-Fitr date will depend on the results of tonight’s moon sighting. Stay tuned for further updates as this news unfolds!

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