Saudi Arabia confirmed that the first day of Eidul Fitr would be on Thursday (May 13) as the Shawwal moon has not been sighted in the kingdom.
Therefore, Wednesday (May 12) will be the last and 30th day of Ramazan, and Thursday (May 13) will be celebrated as the first day of Eidul Fitr, reported Khaleej Times.
The Shawwal crescent was not sighted in the UAE as well and the Gulf country will mark the first day of Eid on May 13.
Meanwhile, in Pakistan, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will hold its meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to sight the Shawwal moon.
Last week, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had predicted that Eid would be celebrated on Friday (May 14), according to the Ruet application.
However, he clarified in a tweet that the final decision would be announced by the moon sighting committee.
اگرچہ عید کا حتمی اعلان رویت ھلال کمیٹی نے کرنا ہے لیکن @MinistryofST کے بنائے گئے کیلنڈر اور Ruet App (رویت) کے مطابق چاند 13 مئ کو نظر آ پائے گا اور عید 14 مئ کو ہو گی۔— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 9, 2021
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has said that chances of sighting the Shawwal moon on May 12 are close to none as this year in Ramazan 30 fasts will likely be observed and Eidul Fitr would probably fall on May 14.
According to the Met department, the Shawwal moon will born on May 12 at 12:01am as per the Pakistan Standard Time so the chances of sighting a new moon on Ramazan 29, are close to none.
It further predicted: “On the day of the meeting the sky will remain clear in most parts of the country, while it will be partly cloudy at some other places.”