As Eid 2023, one of the two major Islamic festivals, approaches, Muslims around the world are preparing for a joyous celebration.
The federal government has announced five public holidays on the occasion of Eidul Fitr, approved on the recommendation of the Cabinet Division. This year, Eidul Fitr is likely to be celebrated on Saturday, April 22, across the nation.
If approved, the holidays will be from April 20 (Thursday) to April 25 (Tuesday). Earlier this week, the Ministry of Interior announced five-day holidays from April 21 (Friday) to April 25 (Tuesday) and a notification was also issued in this regard.
Eid 2023: Ramadan & Its Significance
The Holy Month of Ramadan precedes Eidul Fitr, during which Muslims all over the world observe a fast, abstaining from food and drink from dawn until sunset.
This period of fasting is considered a time of spiritual reflection, introspection, and prayer. Muslims seek to purify their souls, improve their character, and draw closer to Allah.
It is a time of heightened spirituality and an opportunity to develop self-discipline and self-control.
Eidul Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour by Muslims worldwide. On the day of Eidul Fitr, Muslims attend special congregational prayers, exchange gifts and greetings with family and friends, and indulge in a variety of delicious traditional foods.
The festival has great significance for Muslims as it commemorates the end of a month-long period of fasting and spiritual renewal. It is a time of forgiveness, compassion, and generosity, where Muslims express gratitude for the blessings they have received throughout the month of Ramadan.
The festival is an occasion to strengthen the bonds of friendship and brotherhood and to share happiness and joy with one another.
In Pakistan, the Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council (RHRC) has predicted the birth of the moon to take place on April 20 at 9:13 am local time, and the age of the crescent at sunset to be less than 10 hours on the evening of 29th Ramadan.
However, a new moon has to be at least 19 hours at the time of sunset to be sighted. While there are very thin chances of a moon sighting on the eve of April 20, the nation is expected to observe 30 days of fasting this year.
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