Eid-Al-Fitr will most likely be June 15, says IAC

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Considered as one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside, faith, prayer, charity and the pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the Ramadan is an annual celebration.

He said some Islamic countries prefer to use telescopes to sight the moon, while other countries will only call Ramadan if the new moon is spotted with the naked eye.

A statement released by the Ministry says the holiday is to mark the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr across the country. The second important festivity is Bakri Eid which is also known as Eid al-Adha.

The details of Shawwaal moon sighting are available on The Climate Data Processing Centre's official website.

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The federal government has declared Friday, June 15, and Monday, June 18, as public holidays to allow Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to celebrate the 2018 Eid- El Fitr, Abdulrahman Dambazau, a minister, has announced.

Should a crescent moon be spotted on tonight, Shawwal 1 will begin on Friday - signalling the first day of Eid Al Fitr.

At the first sight of the new moon, Muslims have their first daytime meal after a month of fasting. The word "Eid" means "feast" or "festival". This year Eid is predicted to start on June 14, depending on the lunar sightings because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar calendar whereas the Gregorian one is determined by the sun.

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