Eid Al Fitr 2017 moon sighting in USA today

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WASHINGTON – Local moon sighting committees in New York, Washington and in different states of USA will gather today (Saturday), June 24, to observe Shawwal (Eid Al Fitr 2017) moon.

However, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), according to astronomical calculation, has already announced that Eid will be celebrated on June 25, 2017.

In either case, it is most probable the Eid 2017 would fall on June 25, 2017 in the United States.

Eid Al Fitr 2017 moon sighting in Australia

Eid Al Fitr is not declared a holiday in the USA, the businesses and organizations owned my Muslims will revise their timings according to activities of the festival. While the New York’s schools will have a public holiday on Eid.

According to Islamic customs, every month begins with moon sighting. It may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, as the moon sighting begins at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

What Do People Do on Eid Al Fitr?

Just like any Muslim country, people in the United States wake up early and perform Namaz e Eid either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque, in their finest clothes, specially designed (or prepared) for the occasion.

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Muslims embrace each other after the prayers, congratulating of Eid. They decorate their houses, cook special dishes, sweets.

The beauty of Islam is that even on this happy-go-busy day, Muslims do not forget their poor brothers and distribute alms (Fitrah) among them.  Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.

Eid Al Fitr Observances

Note: According to Islamic customs, every month begins with moon sighting. It may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, as the moon sighting begins at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

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