What’s the best thing that happens after a month of fasting? EID, that’s what! Even though Ramzan is a much loved month, all of us are eagerly waiting for Eid to come. Eid-ul-Fitr is an important Muslim festival. Muslims all over the world celebrate it at the end of Ramzan. It includes various customs and traditions including the special Eid prayer, wearing new clothes, giving and receiving of Eid gifts and cash (Eidi), visiting relatives and friends, sharing special food and doing acts of charity. Not to mention, everybody’s favorite: Eid Holidays!
The Eid Holidays Announcement
The holy month of Ramzan is in its second half now. The government has announced the holiday dates. The Eid Holidays announced by the Federal Government of Pakistan this year are as follows:
Monday the 26th, Tuesday the 27th June and Wednesday the 28th of June.
The best part is that this public holiday is commencing from Monday so the weekend holidays will add to the Eid Holidays to give us a 5-day holiday altogether!
The Ministry of Interior has issued the notification that all private and public offices will remain closed during these three days. All public and private offices will resume work on Thursday, the 29th of June.
The Eid Chaand Chronicles
Eid ul Fitr is celebrated on the day which follows the night of the Shawwal moon sighting. Previously, it was anticipated that the Shawwal moon will be sighted on the 26th June in Pakistan. However, the latest report by the Pakistan Meteorological Department says otherwise. Now the new moon is expected to be sighted on 25th June, instead of the 26th. This means that Eid in Pakistan is likely to be on Monday instead of Tuesday. For more details, you can read this document released by this government body here:
Nevertheless, the final announcement regarding the date of Eid is to made by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. It is the department which announces the sighting of the new moon in Pakistan.
The head of this committee is Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman. 150 observatories of the Pakistan Meteorological Department assist him. However, there is a controversy every year when this committee announces the moon sighting. This is because they are criticized for not considering the moon sighting witnesses from Muslim clerics belonging to other sects. Also, there is a lot of confusion and suspense on Chaand Raat as the committee takes a long time to announce the decision. The Pakistanis keep waiting for the final decision. Whether the moon has been sighted or not becomes a mystery. Sometimes the decision is as late as the midnight!
On the other hand, there are some of us who would be celebrating Eid on some other dates. In Peshawar, Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Qasim Ali Khan Mosque separately announces the new moon of Ramazan and Shawal every year. Therefore, the people in Peshawar celebrate Eid on a different day than the rest of the country.
Anyway, we hope that the Pakistanis and the Muslims all over the world have a great time celebrating Eid. Especially those who are living in difficulty and hardship.