Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated across the country except Kerala on Saturday as the moon was not sighted here today.
Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari made the announcement tonight after a meeting of the moon-sighting committee here, a senior official at the city’s historic mosque said.
“The moon was not sighted today. So, that means the Eid will be celebrated on Saturday in Delhi and several other parts of the country,” he told PTI.
In Kerala, Eid will be celebrated today as the moon was sighted in Kozhikode, a top cleric said.
Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan, symbolises peace and brotherhood.
The festival is marked with feasts and the faithful offers prayers at mosques and idgahs to seek blessings of the divine.
People, especially children dress up in their traditional fineries to mark the festival that spreads the message of brotherhood and communal amity.
Ramzan is a holy month for the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.
The Ramzan fast, in which even water is prohibited, falls on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.
Fasting is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate.
Tradition holds that it was during Ramadan that the Prophet Mohammed started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.
Ramzan is one of the five “pillars” of Islam.
The others are the profession of faith (“there is no God but God and Mohammed is his messenger”), the obligation to pray five times a day, charity, and the pilgrimage to Mecca.