LAHORE: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Sunday predicted that Eidul Fitr, which marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramazan, is expected to fall on May 25 in the country.
Officials of the astronomy department at the Met Office said Shawwal moon is unlikely to appear on May 23, adding that the new moon will be born on May 22 (28th of Ramazan) at 10:39pm Pakistan Standard Time.
The officials said that the new moon will be less likely to appear 29th of Ramazan as the weather will be cloudy in most parts of the country on that day.
Moon not sighted, Ramazan to begin on Saturday
"The holy month of Ramazan is likely to comprise 30 instead of 29 days of fasting this year, while Eid will be celebrated on Monday, May 25," they added.
However, a final decision in this regard will be taken during the meeting of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee which will be held on May 23.
Secretary Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council Khalid Ijaz Mufti confirmed the forecast of the astronomy department. He said that this year there will be 30 days of fasting and Eidul Fitr will fall on May 25.
As per forecasts stated on the official website for moon-sighting of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Eid is expected on May 24.
Ramazan began on Saturday, April 25.