Eid Mubarak

20 Sep

For the last month it has been the holy month of Ramadan. Now it is Eid al fitr. Eid started today. Ramadan and Eid, like Easter, start and end according to the cycle of the moon.

There is a moon sighting committee which met last night to determine that the Shawwal moon has been sighted and to declare the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid.

There are public holidays for Eid, but it has not been possible to set the exact days of the public holiday. If the committee did not sight the moon last night then Ramadan would have continued for another twenty four hours.

This article explains it better than I have done.

And you know what Australians are like when it comes to public holidays.


2 Responses to “Eid Mubarak”

  1. planetnomad September 20, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Thanks…although since I didn’t keep Ramadan I really shouldn’t be accepting congratulations. On the other hand, I strangled no other drivers this month, asinine though they were, nor did I rise from my bed at 3 a.m. to shoot the ramadan drummer. So maybe I do deserve congrats after all šŸ˜‰

    And Eid Mubarak to you too! Our Eid starts tomorrow. Tonight, it’ll be cannon fire from the palace to kick things off. You know how it is; each country has to be different…

    • ThirdCat September 20, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

      The driving! I wouldn’t have believe that the general driving could have got worse.

      We couldn’t hear the cannons, but cap guns aplenty.

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