Shawwal moon sighted in Saudi Arabia, Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday

Eid al-Fitr 2018 date in Pakistan, India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, UK and other countries around the world

If the crescent moon is spotted tonight, Eid Al Fitr will begin on Friday.

The statement asked all and sundry to observe the day as such throughout the country.

The ministry announced that the crescent moon for the Islamic month Shawwal was sighted in Morocco on Thursday evening.

It also has an extra six takbir (raising hands to ears while saying "Allahu Akbar" meaning "God is the greatest").

The first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, will mark the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr.

However, the Eid will be celebrated in hundreds of villages in several districts of the country on Friday along with Saudi Arabia. Therefore Eid al Fitr is most probably be on Saturday June 16, 2018 in India and Pakistan.

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But as the dates vary for Eid, in Virginia, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center‏ announced its Eid celebrations would be Saturday.

If the moon is not sighted on that day, then Eid is celebrated after the end of the 30th day of Ramadan.

On the first morning, Muslims will join in the Eid prayer either outdoors or in mosques. They also exchange gifts with friends and families.

Muslims also honour Eid by giving to charity and this is referred to as Zakat al-Fitr. People wear new clothes and eat sewayi.

However, school children in Dubai will be off from Thursday to Sunday for Eid, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority said on Tuesday.

Every year, Eid al-Fitr is a big celebration with the Salat al-Eid being recited.

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