Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz took to Twitter on Tuesday to congratulate Arab and Muslim nations on Eid al-Fitr.
The Shawwal crescent was sighted in Saudi Arabia on Monday, according to the Saudi Royal Court, marking the beginning of Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday.
“I congratulate you on Eid al-Fitr, near the house of God [Mecca]. Wishing you, our dear homeland, our Arab and Muslim nations, and the whole world a blessed year. I ask God to accept our good deeds, and Eid Mubarak,” the Saudi King said in a tweet.
Earlier in the day, King Salman performed the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in Mecca joined by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a number of princes, ministers, and senior officials including Governor of Mecca Province Prince Khalid al-Faisal.
After the prayer, the King received well-wishers who came to congratulate him on the occasion of Eid at the Royal Court at al-Safa Palace in Mecca, including Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and senior scholars and sheikhs.
Eid al-Fitr celebrations follow the sighting of the crescent moon, ending the holy month of Ramadan and the dawn-to-dusk fasting of millions of Muslims.