The official date of Eid al-Fitr has been confirmed by the Shawwal moon-sighting committee in the UAE.
The crescent moon was observed in the UAE on Thursday evening, marking the end of Ramadan and the start of the three days of Eid.
Eid al-Fitr this year is on Friday, June 15 which is the first day of the month of Shawwal and the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
The announcement came in a statement after the committee held a meeting on Thursday evening after the Maghreb prayer at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department in the capital.
When is Eid al-Fitr in the UK and the rest of the world?
Muslims across the globe will celebrate Eid al-Fitr today, as they follow the date set by the UAE.
The official date of Eid has been announced as Friday, June 15 and this will be the date followed by UK Muslims.
However, in Pakistan, Eid will be on Saturday, June 16, after the moon was not seen anywhere in the country on Thursday, so Ramadan will go on until sunset on Friday.
The Eid al-Fitr moon has been sighted in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and other parts of the Middle East so the festival will be celebrated on Friday.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei announced in a statement late on Thursday that Friday would be Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
It is not possible to predict the date of Eid al-Fitr according to the Gregorian calendar as the Islamic months are determined by the lunar cycle.
The month of Shawwal begins after the month of Ramadan and after a confirmed sighting of the new moon.
What does Eid Mubarak mean?
Eid al-Fitr is among the two biggest festivals in Islam and is a celebration for Muslims who have spent the last month fasting during daylight hours.
Muslims gather together to pray, eat lavish food and exchange gifts on this special day.
Eid Mubarak is the traditional phrase Muslims use when greeting each other on Eid.
The phrase translates to mean “blessed Eid”.
Eid means “celebration” and “mubarak” means blessed.