The federal government on Thursday declared a nationwide public holiday for five days on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. The Ministry of Interior announced that the holidays would start on Friday, April 21, and go through Tuesday, April 25.
Earlier, the Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council predicted that this year, Saturday, April 22, would likely be observed as Eidul Fitr across the country.
The committee meeting is scheduled to start on Thursday, April 20, according to Khalid Ijaz Mufti, the secretary general of the council, in order to sight the Shawwal moon.
Eidul Fitr will be observed on Friday, April 21, if the crescent is visible on Thursday evening. But he went on to say that it was doubtful that the moon would be seen that evening.
As soon as the holy month of Ramazan’s 30 days of fasting are through, he predicted that Eid would most likely be observed on April 22.
The council predicts that the moon will be born on Thursday, April 20, at 9:13 am Pakistan time. The moon should be visible on the evening of Ramadan 29 if its age at sunset is greater than 19 hours. It was noted that it would be less than 10 hours in the whole of Pakistan.
In Peshawar, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Charsadda, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Quetta, and Jiwani, the delay between sunset and moonset, which should be more than 40 minutes, will only be 21 minutes, while it will be 20 minutes in Lahore and Karachi.
The holy month of Ramazan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, comes to a close on Eidul Fitr. Typically, family reunions, dining, and prayers are all part of the holiday celebration.
The sighting of the crescent moon, which heralds the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal, establishes the precise day of Eidul Fitr.