Eid-Al-Fitr 2018: The end of Ramadan in sight, Dates predictions

Eid-Al-Fitr 2018: The end of Ramadan in sight, Dates predictions
Written by Aman Kumar Singh

With the crescent moon’s arrival estimated around June 13 to June 15 by an Arab astronomer, the Ramadan will come to an end. Eid is most likely to begin from the evening of 14th June, Thursday and end at 15th June, Friday evening. This year Ramadan began on 17th May,Thursday and is expected to last 29 days. It is also predicted that Eid-Al-Adha will most likely fall on 22nd August, Wednesday.

One should know that Eid-Al-Adha and Eid-Al-Fitr are two of the biggest Islamic celebrations for the Muslim communities all around the globe. Eid-Al-Fitr means ‘festival of breaking the fast’, whereas Eid-Al-Adha means ‘festival of sacrifice’.

The month of Ramadan traditionally begins with sightings of a new moon which marks the start of the 9th month in the Islamic calendar. During the duration of Ramadan the Muslims abstain themselves from food items during daylight hours. The fasting of Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again.

And the end of Ramadan marks the Eid-Al-Fitr which is considered as an Islamic holiday and is one of the most important festivals for the Muslim communities all around the world. During the month of Ramadan both the public and private sector staff work less hours as many employees are fasting. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ‘ramiḍa’ or ‘ar-ramaḍ’, which means scorching heat or dryness. During Ramadan fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims with the exceptions of those who are suffering from illness, are travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

Charity is very important in Islam so before Eid begins the Muslim families donate food to the poor and on the first day of Eid they gather at mosques for the early morning prayer at around 5am. Once the morning prayer ends people spend their time with family and friends to celebrate the end of the month of fasting and give gifts to children to celebrate the occasion.

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