Could the solar eclipse impact Eid al-Fitr 2024?

Could the solar eclipse impact Eid al-Fitr 2024

Muslims worldwide are gearing up to celebrate Eid al-Fitr 2024, also known as the “festival of breaking the fast,” which marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam. Ramadan involves fasting from sunrise to sundown, intense prayer, and self-reflection. The commencement of Eid al-Fitr is anticipated to occur on either Tuesday or Wednesday, contingent upon the sighting of the crescent moon.

Could the solar eclipse impact Eid al-Fitr 2024
Could the solar eclipse impact Eid al-Fitr 2024

In Eid al-Fitr 2024, Ramadan is expected to conclude on Wednesday, according to experts. This prediction is largely influenced by a solar eclipse scheduled for Monday, making the sighting of the crescent moon improbable due to its young age at sunset.

Eid al-Fitr commences immediately after Ramadan concludes. The festivities typically start with morning prayers on the first day of Eid, followed by familial gatherings, elaborate meals featuring traditional foods, and the exchange of gifts or cash, especially for children. Additionally, Muslims observe zakat al-Fitr, a mandatory charitable donation given before Ramadan ends. During Eid, people extend greetings of “Eid Mubarak” or “Happy Eid” to one another.

NASA's Stunning Total Solar Eclipse Posters of April 8, 2024
Could the solar eclipse impact Eid al-Fitr 2024?

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, holds significant importance as Muslims believe it marks the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad. Fasting during this month, abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and sexual relations from dawn to dusk, is one of the five pillars of Islam, obligatory for Muslims.

In North Jersey, Eid celebrations are organized by the Eid Committee of New Jersey, hosting large prayer services at venues like the Teaneck Armory. Additionally, the Islamic Center of Passaic County hosts an Eid Night Bazaar featuring vendors, food, desserts, and community prayers, with a portion of proceeds dedicated to support Gaza.

NASA's Stunning Total Solar Eclipse Posters of April 8, 2024
Could the solar eclipse impact Eid al-Fitr 2024?

Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major Muslim holidays, with the other being Eid al-Adha, also known as the “feast of the sacrifice,” which commemorates Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. This year, Eid al-Adha is expected to occur in June.

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