The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has announced the likely dates for Eid ul Fitr, suggesting that the sighting of the Shawwal moon will occur on Tuesday, April 9, across Pakistan.

What Are the Likely Dates for Eid ul Fitr?

With the birth of the Shawwal moon expected on the night of April 8 at 11:21 pm local time, the anticipation grows for a sighting on April 9. The moon’s age is projected to be between 19 to 20 hours by then, offering a window of more than 50 minutes for moon sighting after sunset. While clear skies are forecasted for most southern regions, including Karachi, some northern areas may contend with cloudy conditions during the sighting.

The introduction of the lunar calendar by the IT ministry in 2019, endorsed by the meteorological department, has played a big role in ensuring consistency in the observance of Islamic events, including Eidul Fitr. The eid holds profound cultural and religious significance for Muslims in Pakistan and around the globe; it signifies the culmination of the sacred month of Ramazan, characterized by fasting, prayer, and self-reflection. As families gather to exchange greetings, share meals, and extend acts of charity, the spirit of unity and compassion pervades the festive atmosphere.

Celebrations on the Horizon

Should the moon grace the skies on April 9, Eidul Fitr will be joyously celebrated on Wednesday, April 10. The religious festival, observed by Muslims worldwide, is a time for prayers, feasting, and the exchange of gifts among loved ones.

As preparations intensify for the forthcoming festivities, Pakistanis anticipate an extended holiday period of six days. With the government mulling over a four-day holiday from April 9 to April 12, combined with the weekend, the nation gears up for a prolonged celebration.

Read more: Pakistan Anticipates Six-Day Festive Break for Eidul Fitr Celebrations


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