AFP to observe 8-hour 'humanitarian pause' for Eid'l Fitr

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"The Crescent Committee of Canada is forecasting Eīd Al Fitr 1st day of Shawwāl 1438, to be on Sunday 25th of June, 2017".

Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Koran was revealed to their prophet Mohammed during that month.

When a new moon appears over Saudi Arabia, the long-anticipated feast will begin.

In Dubai, the Dubai Media Office sent out a tweet announcing the beginning of the month."Eid Mubarak".

Eid-ul-Fitr literally means "festival of breaking the fast".

"We are grateful for this kind gesture and we believe many households will have reason to celebrate during this Ramadan", he said. The Daily Vox team breaks down what Eid is all about and how it's celebrated in South Africa. Usually, Muslims gather at one fine place, wear new clothes and do Salat al-Eid prayer and then first-day breakfast of the Ramadan.

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The day is set when a new moon is spotted - but there is little agreement within the faith about whether the moon must be spotted with the naked eye or if it should be seen in the country where the celebrations are occurring.

"We've seen an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric and anti-Muslim sentiments since the November election, but I think that goes hand-in-hand with the spike in hate targeting all minority groups, not just American Muslims", he said. They also eat a hearty breakfast before heading off to perform special congregational prayers known as Salat al-Eid (Eid prayers).

Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar and Eid festival is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the year. "This local miltant group robbed us the chance to observe Ramadhan peacefully and stole from us the opportunity to celebrate Eid'l Fitr and be with our loved ones in this religious occasion", Adiong said.

Gifts and cards are often exchanged among friends and family.

Muslim countries will be sighting the Eid moon on June 24, but astronomers predict it invisible in most of Asia.

Karpowership Ghana Company has made donations to about 200 Muslim households in the Tema New Town Community, as part of its activities to celebrate this year's Eid-ul-Fitr.

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