Eid al-Fitr to be held Sunday in PH after moon not sighted, official says

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2020 12:00 AM

People pass by the Golden Mosque in Quiapo in Manila on April 28, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

COTABATO CITY - Bangsamoro Grand Mufti and Darul-Ifta Executive Director Abu Huraira Udasan on Friday announced that the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, would be celebrated on Sunday in the Philippines.

Udasan’s announcement was made after the traditional moon sighting.

The moon was not sighted Friday night so the 30 days of fasting must be completed, he said.

During the Eid al-Fitr, also called as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” Islam believers gather in open spaces early in the morning for the congregational prayer and thanksgiving.

However, this year’s celebration of Eid al-Fitr is expected to be different as mosques remain closed for congregational prayers due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Earlier this week, the Regional Darul Ifta-BARMM advised the public conduct Eid prayers at home. 

Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world. - Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News