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Saudi Arabia Announces Thursday As Eid El-Fitr

The Shawwal crescent was not sighted in on Tuesday. Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of , and the first day of El-Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

The Shawwal Crescent was not sighted on Tuesday, therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of , and the first day of El-Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13 according to the Haramain Sharifain  account posting live from the Tumair observatory in .

The Kingdom’s Moon Sighting Committee at the Tumair observatory did not see the crescent moon on Tuesday, according to Haramain Sharifain. El-Fitr would have started one day earlier had the moon been seen.

The El-Fitr celebrations mark the end of a month of piety and all-day fasting for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims.

’s Royal Court had called on all worshippers in the Kingdom to watch the skies for the appearance of the crescent moon, which must be seen with the naked eye in order to officially mark the beginning of the Islamic calendar month of Shawwal.

Muslims follow a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days.

El-Fitr is traditionally celebrated with large gatherings for worshippers to pray and break their fasts.

Some Muslims continue to fast for six consecutive days following El-Fitr. This practice is considered the equivalent of fasting year-round due to the belief that certain good deeds are rewarded tenfold.

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The authorities in have this year set up precautionary measures at 20,569 mosques throughout the Kingdom to limit the spread of  ahead of an influx of worshippers, according to the official Press Agency.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs is calling on volunteers to help direct the entry and exit of worshipper’s at the Kingdom’s thousands of mosques in order to maintain physical distancing.

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