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Eid-ul-fitr likely on April 10: PMD

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Srinagar, April 04: The Pakistan Meteorological Department has stated that the Shawwal moon is likely to be sighted on April 9th, indicating that Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to be celebrated on April 10th.

While predicting the rise of Eid-ul-Fitr moon, the department said the moon would conjunct with the sun on April 8 at 11:21pm (local time). On April 9, the age of the moon will be 19 to 20 hours. It will be visible to the naked eye for about 50 minutes after sunset and the first of Shawwal will be on April 10.

“The Met Office forecast that in the southern regions of the country the sky will likely be clear, while the sky could be cloudy in the northern regions’”, it said, according to media reports.

Meanwhile, chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, has also talked about the possibility of 29-day Ramazan based on scientific findings.Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramazan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. In 2024, Eid-ul-Fitr is expected to fall around April 10th or April 11th. However, the exact date of Eid-ul-Fitr varies each year based on the sighting of the moon and may vary by one or two days depending on the geographical location.

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