Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • Europe launches navigation satellites to rival GPS

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • Iraqi Sunnis quit govt talks after mosque massacre

    Read more

  • US demands Russia withdraw aid convoy from Ukraine

    Read more

  • Rights group sues US government over ‘deportation mill’

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Missouri town

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • Fed Chair says US job market still hampered by Great Recession

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • Hamas publicly executes "informers"

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu set to be Erdogan's new PM

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Culture

Eid al-Fitr holiday to mark end of Ramadan on Friday

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-08-08

French Muslims will join co-religionists in Saudi Arabia and Egypt in celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Friday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid, which depends on the sighting of the new moon, can be observed on different days.

AFP - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon announced they would celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, on Friday.
   
In Saudi Arabia, seen as the beacon of Sunni Islam, the supreme court ruled that Thursday would be the final day of fasting, before the Eid celebration opens the new month of Shawwal, according to the announcement on the official SPA news agency.
   
Until Wednesday's ruling, based on observing the progress of the new moon, it was not clear whether Eid would take place on Thursday or Friday.  The holiday depends on the sighting of the moon, and can therefore be observed on different days around the world.
   

Most of the Gulf countries follow the lead of Saudi Arabia, home to the two holiest cities of Islam Mecca and Medina, to set the day of the Eid feast.
   
The celebration falling on Friday, the Muslim holy day, is considered especially auspicious.
   
Egypt's Darul-Ifta, the body that issues Islamic edicts, also announced that Thursday would be the last day of fasting for Egyptians.
   
Lebanon's Dar al-Fatwa, the country's highest Sunni authority, likewise said that Eid al-Fitr would be celebrated in Lebanon Friday.
   
Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved by a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam, and is marked by several days of festivities.
   
Saudi Arabian cities planned fireworks and public performances.
   
Airports, meanwhile, were jammed Monday and Tuesday by Saudis heading abroad for vacations, foreigners going home to celebrate Eid with families, and tens of thousands of pilgrims to Mecca heading home.
   
Saudi banks and businesses are closed for the week until Monday, while government services are closed for two weeks.
 

Date created : 2010-09-08

  • IRAN

    'Maradona of Asia' sacked for breaking fast during Ramadan

    Read more

  • UAE

    Workers can break Ramadan fast in extreme heat, fatwa says

    Read more

  • RELIGION

    Holy month of Ramadan begins

    Read more

COMMENT(S)