Eidul Fitr 2024: Govt announces holiday from April 10 to 13

Eidul Fitr 2024: Govt announces holiday from April 10 to 13

Eidul Fitr 2024: Govt announces holiday from April 10 to 13
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ISLAMABAD: The government has announced the Eid holidays from April 10 to 13. The Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has awarded the approval for four-day leave.

According to a statement released by the Cabinet Division, the holidays have been scheduled from Wednesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 13, providing a four-day long break for citizens to celebrate the holy festival.

The Meteorological Office forecasted on Monday that the first day of Eid ul Fitr would likely occur on April 10, as the Shawwal moon was anticipated to be visible on April 9. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the crescent moon was expected to appear on April 8 at 11:21 pm, and it would be around 19 to 20 hours old by Maghrib prayer the following day. It was estimated that the crescent would be visible for over 50 minutes after sundown.

The PMD mentioned that the sky in most parts of the country would be clear on April 9, although there could be cloudy conditions in the northern areas. In Pakistan, the crescent for the holy month of Ramadan was sighted on March 11, and the first day of fasting was observed on the subsequent day. Therefore, if the PMD’s prediction holds true, Pakistanis would observe 29 days of fasting.

Eid ul Fitr, celebrated by Muslims worldwide, marks the culmination of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal. Ramadan, known for promoting patience, self-control, charity, and welfare, is followed by the festive and joyful occasion of Eid.

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Islamic months consist of either 29 or 30 days, and the start or end of a month depends on the sighting of the crescent moon. Consequently, Ramadan does not fall on the same day each year in the Gregorian calendar. As the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is one of 12 lunar months, causing the Islamic calendar to be around 10 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. Thus, Ramadan occurs at varying times each year according to the Gregorian calendar.

 

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