SAUDI ARABIA (Monitoring Desk) Highlights of the Eid-ul-Fitr moon observation in 2021: On Tuesday evening, the crescent moon for the month of Shawwal 1442 was not visible. Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 will be held on Thursday, May 13th, 2021, marking the end of Ramadan 2021.
Muslims all over the world are preparing to see the crescent moon and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, or Eid-al-Fitr, to mark the beginning of the month of Shawwal. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, and Shawwal is the tenth, with Eid celebrated on the first day around the world.
While the Gregorian calendar is used in the West, the Islamic calendar is lunar, meaning it is dependent on the sighting of the crescent moon. Since lunar months are shorter than solar months, Eid-ul-Fitr happens 10-11 days earlier each year, focusing on when the crescent moon is detected. Since lunar months are smaller than solar months, it varies by around a day from country to country.
The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has ordered Muslims in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and other Arab countries to observe the crescent moon for the month of Shawwal on Tuesday evening, May 11, 2021, which will mark Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of Ramadan 2021.