Saudi Arabia announces Eid Al-Fitr will start on Sunday

Eid Al-Fitr celebrations will begin in on Sunday May 24, according to authorities in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File Photo)
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Updated 22 May 2020

Saudi Arabia announces Eid Al-Fitr will start on Sunday

  • Final day of Ramadan to be Saturday

RIYADH: Eid Al-Fitr will begin on Sunday May 24, authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced.

According to reports, the Shawwal moon was not sighted, meaning Saturday will be the last day of Ramadan.

This year, Eid will be marked differently in the Kingdom due to the government's 24-hour lockdown in place from May 23-27 in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The UAE, Iraq, Qatar and Jordan also announced the first day of the Eid holiday will be Sunday.

Eid Al-Fitr follows a sighting of the crescent moon, and brings an end to the dawn-to-dusk fasting of the Holy month.

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Updated 25 May 2020

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  • Tells government officials he regrets not being there in person

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has exchanged Eid greetings with senior government officials, saying that he believed the “bad (coronavirus) conditions will pass,” adding “we are heading towards the good, state news agency SPA reported.

“What pains me this Eid, is that it’s a day of joy and it’s our duty as Muslims to rejoice and I couldn’t be with you today,” the crown prince said during a video call with senior Ministry of Defense officials on Sunday.

“But the bad conditions will pass, God willing, and we are heading towards the good, God willing. This is thanks to the fortitude of the men of Saudi Arabia, both military and civilians.”

Saudi Arabia celebrated the first day of Eid al-Fitr in a state of 24-hour lockdown, imposed last week to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier King Salman thanked people in Saudi Arabia for abiding by the curfew.

“I greatly appreciate you celebrating Eid while staying at home and practicing social distancing,” he said on Saturday in a speech delivered by acting Minister of Media Majid al-Qasabi.