Eid Celebration: Lahore, Pakistan Prepares for Shawwal Moon Sighting

eid celebration pakistan prepares for shawwal moon sighting

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) suggests that the Shawwal moon, indicating the end of Ramazan, might appear on Tuesday, April 9, across Pakistan.

According to PMD, we may see the Shawwal moon emerge on April 8 at 11:21 pm local time, with an age ranging between 19 to 20 hours by April 9. After sunset, the moon might be visible on the horizon for over 50 minutes.

Most parts of southern Pakistan, like Karachi, are expected to have clear skies on April 9, while the northern regions might experience cloudy conditions.

If the moon appears on April 9, Eidul Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 10.

Eidul Fitr is a significant Islamic festival celebrated worldwide with prayers, feasting, and gift exchanges among family and friends.

As Eidul Fitr approaches, Pakistanis are gearing up for a possibly extended holiday period, with six days dedicated to festivities.

In 2019, the IT ministry introduced a lunar calendar to ensure uniformity in Eid celebrations, endorsed by the meteorological

department. This calendar plays a crucial role in determining dates for Islamic events, including Eidul Fitr.

Traditionally, Eid holidays start a day earlier than the anticipated date to allow ample time for preparations and participation in festivities.

The government is considering a four-day holiday from April 9 to April 12, along with the usual weekend break, making it a six-day holiday period.

Eidul Fitr holds great cultural and religious importance, marking the end of Ramazan, a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection.

In Pakistan, families gather to exchange greetings, share meals, and extend charity to those in need as part of the Eidul Fitr celebrations.