New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Eid-ul-Fitr is an annual festival celebrated during summers to mark an end to the holy month of Ramadan. The festival is observed on the first day of Shawwal and considered to be a gift from Allah for month-long fast during Ramzan where Muslims observe fast and offer prayers. It is one of the most prominent festivals among followers of Islam. 

The festival begins with the sighting of crescent Moon usually on the 30th day of Ramzan month, however, sometimes crescent Moon was sighted on the 29th day also. According to the Islamic calendar, it also marks the starting of the month of Shawwal. 

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On the occasion of Eid ul Fitr 2020, also known as ‘Meethi Eid’, Muslim men across the world offer prayer in the morning in a large congregations. Apart from praying to Allah, Muslims exchange gifts, relish traditional delicacies and wish each other ‘Eid Mubarak.’ The festival is also celebrated by offering zakat which is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. People contribute a part of their earning to charity as a gesture of equality in celebration.

The timings and dates of celebrating Eid depends on country to country. Many countries celebrate Eid on the same date it is celebrated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. However, in India, Eid ul Fitr is celebrated on the second day of the crescent Moon sighting in Saudi Arabia, which means in India Eid is celebrated a day after it is celebrated in the UAE.

Eid ul Fitr 2020 Date in India:

There is a confusion going on among the people regarding the date on which Eid will be celebrated in India. As mentioned above, Eid in India is celebrated a day after it is celebrated in Saudi Arabia. So, according to that, the crescent Moon was not sighted in the UAE on May 22, hence they are not celebrating the festival today (May 23), which means that the Saudi Arabia will be celebrating the festival of Eid on Sunday, May 24.

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According to this, the festival of Eid will celebrated on Monday, May 25 in India. However, dates may vary as it will only be confirmed after an official announcement by the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, which will meet today for Shawwal Moon sighting.  

Posted By: Talib Khan