Haramain Sharifain, an Islamic agency in Saudi Arabia, has declared that fasting in the month of Ramadan continues on Wednesday while eid-il-fitr will be held on Thursday.
Since April 13, Muslims across world have abstained from eating, drinking, and any form of sexual relationship from dawn till dusk.
This is as a result of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan — one of the five pillars of Islam.
Ramadan can either run for 29 or 30 days, depending on the sighting of a new crescent moon.
As this year’s Ramadan nears its end, astronomers have been engaging in careful observation for a new moon to determine the day of eid-il-fitr.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Haramain Sharifain announced that Ramadan will last for 30 days.
It said the conclusion was derived from the findings of astronomers positioned at different locations in Saudi Arabia, including Sumair and Tumair.
“The Crescent for the month of Shawwal 1442 was NOT SEEN today, subsequently #EidUlFitr will be on Thursday, 13 May 2021,” the tweet reads.
— Haramain Sharifain (@hsharifain) May 11, 2021
This development comes a day after the federal government announced Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays.
This implies that Nigerians will have only one day to celebrate eid-il-fitr as againt the traditional two days.