FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays

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The celebration, which is expected to begin tomorrow in some countries, comes at the end of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain for a month from eating, drinking, smoking and sex during daylight hours.

For Muslims everywhere, the festival of Eid Al-fitr is fast-approaching.

Muscat: The Shawwal Moon sighting Committee will gather tomorrow, Thursday, between 6:00-8:30 pm to confirm the sighting of Shawwal crescent.

Islamic dates move back by 11 days each year, so Eid day is not known until shortly before the actual date. According to astronomical parameters, there is a "slight" chance of sighting the new moon on Thursday.

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On Sunday, drivers must be careful about the traffic, because it will coincide with the return of families from Eid holidays.

ABUJA-The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 15, and Monday, June 18, as public holidays to mark the Eid-il Fitr.

It also involves shorter working hours - usually two hours for the private sector.

What is Eid al-Adha?

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Eid al-Fitr means new beginnings and it is considered auspicious to eat something sweet in order to kick-start the holy day; hence the name Meethi Eid.

Some 70% of Indonesia's residents - about eight million people - headed for other cities and villages across the vast archipelago, home to the world's biggest Muslim-majority population.

Muslims must carry out the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

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