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The official days off of Eid Al Fitr are confirmed by the authorities after moon-sighting. Image Credit: Gulf News archives

Dubai: Eid Al Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast which marks the end of Ramadan, is expected to fall on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Astronomy Society, has indicated that Islamic consensus points towards the first day of the month of Shawwal falling on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. This means Muslims will be fasting 30 days.

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Coincidentally, the birth of the Shawaal crescent will align with the occurrence of a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. The crescent's appearance before midnight implies that it will be visible after sunset the following day in most parts of the Islamic world.

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Eid Al Fitr holds profound religious, cultural, and spiritual significance for Muslims, symbolizing gratitude, renewal, and unity within the community.

Eid Al Fitr celebrates the culmination of this period of fasting and spiritual reflection.

On the day of Eid, Muslims gather for special prayers, known as Salat Al Eid, held in mosques, open fields, or large congregational areas.

The prayers are accompanied by sermons focusing on gratitude, compassion, and charity. Following the prayers, families and friends come together to enjoy festive meals and exchange gifts.