Following the sighting of the moon by Emirs of Gwandu, Borno, Katsina and Damaturu, his Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto, has announced the real date for Eid Fitr 2019
He made the announcement in a television broadcast following the sighting of the moon by a member of the Shawwal committee.
“The Emirs of Gwandu, Borno, Katsina and Damaturu have confirmed to His Eminence the Sultan that there was positive sighting of Shawwal crescent in their Emirates. H.E the Sultan will make an announcement shortly. Eid Mubarak,” he had written.
So it’s been confirmed that Muslims in Nigeria and some countries around the World will be celebrating Eid Fitr 2019 on June 4, 2019.
This means bye-bye to the Ramadan fasting, the holy month is over, everyone can merry on June 4
What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Traditionally, Eid is celebrated for three days as an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries. However, the number of vacation days varies by country.
For instance, government of Nigeria declares two-day holiday for the celebration of Eid Fitr 2019 (June 4 and June are work-free in Nigeria).
How is the start of Eid determined?
Like Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr begins with the first sighting of the new moon, so most of the time Muslims have to wait until the night before Eid to verify its date.
If the new moon is not visible, the month lasts 30 days.
The date changes annually on the Gregorian calendar and varies from country to country depending on geographical location.
To declare the start of Eid, Muslim-majority countries depend on the testimonies of local moon sighters. The Judicial High Court then decides if Eid has arrived.
When the sighting has been verified, Eid is declared on televisions, radio stations and at mosques.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid in Nigeria?
Muslims across Nigeria like their counterpart around the World begin Eid celebrations by partaking in prayers (Eid), followed by a short sermon soon after dawn.
In the Yoruba dominated South West part of Nigeria, the prayer ground is called Yidi
While in some countries the prayers take place in mosques or large halls, in many countries it is also held in the open.
It is mostly held in open field in most parts of Nigeria because of the large crowd that partake in the prayer.
People congratulate one another as they head home after Eid prayers. They spend the day visiting relatives and neighbours and accepting sweets as they move around from house to house.
This is preceded by the giving of alms to the poor, or zakat, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
In some countries, families visit graveyards to offer their respects to family members who have departed.
At InfomediaNG, we wish all our Muslim brother and sister Eid Mubarak, May Almight Allah accept your supplications.
Happy Eid Fitr 2019!