Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Eid holiday for Muslim festival Friday or Monday says Malawi govt

Eid holiday for Muslim festival Friday or Monday says Malawi govt

Muslims also fast during this period, which means they don't eat, drink, smoke or have sex between daybreak and sunset to allow more time to focus on their faith.

The statement asked all and sundry to observe the day as such throughout the country. Now, that Eid ul-Fitr is around the corner, it is quite probable that the moon sighting problem will persist yet again.

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Whichever community that sights the moon first will send the message to other communities.

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 15th and Monday, 18th June as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Id-el Fitr. The second important festivity is Bakri Eid which is also known as Eid al-Adha.

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The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to meet for the sighting of the Shawal moon in the evening today in Karachi, under the chairmanship of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman.

Government has advised Malawians to prepare for the moon driven Muslim Eid holiday either this Friday or Monday depending on the sighting of the moon. It's Meethi Eid and its celebrations are characterised by getting together of family and friends, exchange of gifts and communal feasting on meat delicacies as well as deleectable desserts, which make an important part of the festival.

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The Islamic calendar is determined by moon phases making each month last either 29 or 30 days.

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