Eid-ul-Fitr 2020: Date & time of moon sighting in India
Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 Moon Sighting: The sighting of the crescent moon marks the end of Ramzan month and arrival of the Eid festival.
Eid-ul-Fitra is observed in the month of Ramzan when people in the Muslim community practice Roza (fasting in Islam). The ritual is performed by observing a sehri and iftar. Sehri marks the beginning of a Roza while iftar marks the end of a Roza. This ritual is followed for a period of close to 30 days.
The exact timing and date of Eid-ul-Fitra will only be confirmed after the sighting of the crescent moon. The exact date and timings of the Eid-ul-Fitr are different in all countries as it all depends when the moon will be sighted.
When is Eid-ul-Fitra 2020 in India?
All eyes will be on the sky on Saturday night (23 May 2020) to spot the moon. If the moon is spotted on that night, Eid al-Fitr 2020 will be on Sunday 24 May 2020. If not, Ramzan Eid will be observed on 25 May 2020, a Monday.
Just to be noted that all official holiday for Eid is scheduled for Monday.
All about Eid-ul-Fitra
12 months of the Islamic calendar carry either 29 or 30 days. Ramzan also has either 29 or 30 days and Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. However, the number of days in the month is only established after the sighting of the moon.
The start date is set by both lunar calculations and physical sightings which determine when the last day of one lunar month ends and a new one begins.
Traditionally, many Muslim-majority countries have followed the dates set by Saudi religious authorities, but in recent years many have used their own astronomical calculations.
Ramzan is a holy month for the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.
The Ramzan fast, in which even water is prohibited, falls on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.
Fasting is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate. It is also a chance to kick addictions like caffeine and cigarettes.
During the day, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking, sex, gossip, and cursing, and are encouraged to focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity.
Tradition holds that it was during Ramadan that the Prophet Mohammed started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.
Ramzan is one of the five “pillars” of Islam.
The others are the profession of faith (“there is no God but God and Mohammed is his messenger”), the obligation to pray five times a day, charity, and the pilgrimage to Mecca.