The beginning of the new month is not just an ordinary time for Muslims all over the world. This also marks the end of the month-long prayer and fasting of Ramadan, as well as the beginning of the Eid celebrations.
And just like Ramadan, Eid is a special time for Muslims, characterized by feasting and public celebrations as it is also considered a public holiday in Islamic countries such as Kuwait. And for this period, authorities officially declare the dates for the holiday based on lunar sightings, which may vary from one country to another.
Kuwait Announces 5-Day Holiday for Eid
In line with this, a number of astronomers have predicted a major split this year between Arab and Muslim countries around the beginning of the month of Shawwal and Eid Al-Fitr, as shared in a report by the Khaleej Times.
According to astronomer Dr. Saleh Al Ujairi, Tuesday (June 4) is expected to be the first day of Eid Al-Fitr depending on astrological estimations. Dr. Al Ujairi explained that the Crescent will be seen in Kuwait on Monday at 1:02 in the morning, and it will remain visible for three minutes in the sky, but it will be impossible to see it clearly, as the sun’s rays will prevent this in many Arab countries.
Another astronomer, Adel Marzouq, noted that the month of Ramadan this year will complete the number of 30 days and that the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be Wednesday (June 5).
Meanwhile, astronomer Adel Saadoun pointed out that the new moon or pairing will take place at one o’clock and two minutes on Monday (June 3) wherein the moon will be absent in Kuwait after the sun sets by one minute and the situation in the Arab countries is about 5 minutes, causing a great astronomical division between Islamic countries around the dawn of the month of Shawwal and the confirmation of Eid Al-Fitr.
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Nevertheless, according to an announcement by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Wednesday (May 29), the Eid Al Fitr holiday will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 4th, 5th and 6th, making it a five-day holiday.
Official working hours will resume on Sunday (June 9). This will be observed whether Tuesday is the last day of the Holy month of Ramadan or is the first day of Eid according to the CSC.
In line with this, state authorities with special working hours were reminded to arrange their work schedules in a way that serves the public interest.