Eid al-Fitr 2024: Solar Eclipse Set to Mark the End of Ramadan, Eid Celebrations Begin

Eid Ul-Fitr 2024 - is the moon sighted?

Muslims worldwide are about to conclude Ramadan, the most sacred month in Islam, characterized by fasting from dawn to dusk, prayers, and reflection. The transition is even more unique this year because there will be a solar eclipse during Eid al-Fitr 2024. The eclipse, on Monday in the early afternoon, is essential for indicating the conclusion of Ramadan. However, on that day at sunset, when the eclipse occurs, the moon will only be 5 – 6 hours old, making it challenging to see its crescent, which traditionally marks the end of Ramadan. As such, this phenomenon pushes forward the expected completion time of Ramadan to Wednesday, thus paving the way for the beginning of Eid al Fitr.

Eid al-Fitr: A Time of Joy and Giving

Eid al-Fitr, also known as the “festival of breaking the fast,” is a momentous occasion that marks the end of Ramadan. It ushers in a time of joy, where Muslims participate in prayers, visit relatives, and engage in feasts with traditional foods. The celebration is not just a personal affair but extends to the community, with zakat al-Fitr – obligatory charity – being given. Before Ramadan ends, this act requires one to offer either food or its equivalent in cash so that others less fortunate can also enjoy Eid.

New clothes for everyone, presents for children, and wishes of “Eid Mubarak” or “Blessed Eid” and “Happy Eid” are what convey the festive spirit. However, some Muslims are pregnant that they will have subdued partying this year due to ongoing fighting going on in Gaza.

Local Celebrations and Global Reflections

In North Jersey, the preparations are ongoing for observing Eid al-Fitr, which involves community prayers and various events that unite Muslims. On Wednesday, April 10th, 2024, at 8:30 a.m., the Eid Committee of New Jersey will hold one of the most extensive Eid prayer services in the area at the Teaneck Armory. Moreover, there will be an Eid Night Bazaar at the Islamic Center of Passaic County located in Paterson. This occasion includes food from vendors and desserts sold on the streets, and it ends with a mass prayer for the Gaza district. The bazaar will contribute some cash towards aiding Gaza, thus revealing how much this society values charity work and understands global problems.

Ramadan is the ninth month of Islam’s lunar calendar when Muslims engage in fasting, praying, and meditating as they remember Prophet Mohammad’s first revelation, where he received his first verse from the Quran. The dawn-to-sunset fast is one of the Five Pillars of Islam that helps self-reflection and intensifies religious observance.

Eid al-Adha is another Muslim holiday later in the year, and Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major Muslim holidays. The Islamic calendar, comprising cycles of reflection and celebration, builds community solidarity and links Muslims internationally with their cultural and religious background.

Eid al-Fitr 2024 is fast approaching; as Muslims anticipate the end of Ramadan, they are also preparing for a celebration that knows no geographical borders, bringing together all Muslims into a festival that reflects the spirit of giving back thanks and togetherness.

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