Islamabad/Kabul/Xinjiang, June 14: Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated in Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan tomorrow if the Hilal moon is sighted today. Designated religious authorities in Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, Kabul and Urumqi have been deployed to the spot the moon. If the crescent remains invisible this evening, Eid will be celebrated on Saturday. Stay tuned here for the live updates on Eid moon sighting from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan.
Although the grouping of above mentioned nations are closely knit in South and Central Asia, regional disparities cannot be ruled out. There is a high possibility that a couple of nation, including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan may spot the moon, whereas, Pakistan and China may be unable to do so.
According to the International Astronomical Centre (IAC), Eid moon is unlikely to be visible in South Asia region with the naked eye. However, the crescent may be sighted using telescopic and optical aids.
Eid-al-Fitr is one of the two biggest festivals in the Islamic world, the other being Eid-al-Adha, also known as Bakra Eid. The former comes after a month-long fasting between dawn to dusk. On the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, congressional prayers are held in the morning. Fitra, a form of charity (two and a half kilogram of food grains or an equivalent amount) is also given to the poor section of the population before or after the prayers. Later in the day, meals are hosted by Muslims for their neighbours, relatives and friends. in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, official holidays have been announced till Monday.