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As per the Islamic theology, Eid al-Fitr is to be observed on the first date of Shawwal, the month which succeeds Ramadan ul Kareem. Since the Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle, a month is either 29 or 30 days long. Today was the 29th of Ramadan in all parts of Europe. If the moon is sighted this evening, then the month of Ramadan would end and Eid al-Fitr would be observed tomorrow, May 23.
If the moon remains unseen, then the month of Ramadan would complete its entire cycle of 30 days and the first of Shawwal would fall on the day after tomorrow. Eid al-Fitr would then be celebrated on Sunday, May 24.
While some sects of Muslims would attempt to sight the moon locally to determine the end of Ramadan, a number of school of thoughts among Muslims in the West adhere to the decision taken by Saudi Arabia, the epicentre of Islamic world.
In simpler words, if the moon is not seen by the naked eye or via the telescope by Muslim diaspora in the West, some of the sects would still celebrate Eid tomorrow if it is sighted in Saudi Arabia or the nearest Islamic nation.
For instance, Muslims in the UK often go with the decision taken by Morocco. Since the new moon is not usually visible on its very onset in the country, they decide to align their Islamic dates with the decision taken by Morocco's Islamic council. Some Muslims in the United Kingdom, however, align their dates in accordance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.