Tomorrow is the first day of Eid al-Fitr as today is the last day of Ramadan, the Crescent Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs announced in Doha yesterday.
“The Crescent Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs announced yesterday evening that Tuesday, July 5, will be the 30th day of the holy month of Ramadan and Wednesday, July 6, will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr,” the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) said.
The committee at its meeting said the Shawwal crescent could not be observed yesterday evening.
The Emiri Diwan announced that HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will receive well-wishers on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr at Al Wajbah Palace on the first day of the Eid.
Eid holidays for ministries and other government entities and public institutions in Qatar started on Sunday, July 3, and would end on Monday, July 11. Employees are to resume work on Tuesday, July 12.
The official news agencies of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait also quoted religious authorities as saying yesterday that Eid would begin tomorrow after failing to sight the moon that marks the start of the three-day festival.
Yemen, Indonesia and the Philippines are also among the countries which announced tomorrow as the first day of Eid.
Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in front of the historic Taj Mahal in Agra yesterday.