Saudi Arabia confirms Eid al-Fitr begins on Sunday after crescent sighted

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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar have confirmed that Eid al-Fitr will begin on Sunday after the crescent moon was sighted.

Meanwhile, Oman’s Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs has announced that Sunday, June 25, will be the last day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and Monday, June 26, will be the first day of Shawal or the first day of Eid al-Fitr after failing to sight to crescent moon in Muscat.

The announcement official marks Saturday as the last day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in the UAE and other Gulf countries.

This year, public sector workers in Saudi Arabia will enjoy 10 days off after Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed the kingdom's new crown prince last Wednesday morning.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drinks and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring the faithful closer to God.

Many Muslim-majority countries celebrate the end of Ramadan by granting public holidays.

Eid al-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world. The celebrations begin when the fasting month of Ramadan ends and the following month of Shawwal begins.

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