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When Is Your Eid? Check Moon-Sighting Forecasts

Millions of world Muslims are bidding farewell to the holy month of Ramadan, getting ready to welcome another spiritual event: `Eid Al-Fitr.

While the majority of Muslims worldwide were united this year in starting Ramadan fasting on March 23, `Shawwal new moon isn’t expected to be equally unifying.

According to, “the Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on April 20, 2023 (Thursday) at 4:12 UT.

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“On April 20, Hilal (the crescent) can be seen with difficulty in USA and parts of Canada. On April 21, it can be easily seen in the whole world.”

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Eid on April 21 or 22

Accordingly, countries that are able to see the moon on Thursday will mark `Eid Al-Fitr on Friday, April 21.

Others will complete the Ramadan fasting for 30 days and celebrate `Eid on Saturday.

As India and parts of Asia started Ramadan fasting on March 24, Indian Muslims will likely celebrate `Eid on April 22 or April 23. 

Earlier, the European Council For Fatwa and Research (ECFR) announced that `Eid Al-Fitr will start on Friday, April 21.

Also, the Fiqh Council of North America (FQNA) announced earlier that North America Muslims will mark `Eid Al-Fitr on April 21.

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The three-day festival is one of the two main religious celebrations in Islam, together with `Eid Al-Adha.

After special prayers to mark the day, festivities and merriment start with visits to the homes of friends and relatives.

And while traditionally, many bask in joyous mood, wearing new clothes for `Eid, children look forward to gifts and traditional `ediya (cash).

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