Eid-ul-Fitr expected on April 10 in Pakistan

    Shawwal chand in Pakistan expected on April 10 in pakistan

    In Karachi, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) announced on Monday a high likelihood of sighting the Shawwal crescent on April 9, potentially marking the start of Eid-ul-Fitr on April 10.

    According to the Met Office, the new moon is expected to emerge at 11:21 pm on April 8, with an estimated age of 19 to 20 hours by the following evening. The moon is anticipated to be visible for over 50 minutes after sunset.

    The PMD forecasts clear skies across most regions of Pakistan on April 9, though northern areas may experience some cloud cover.

    The Ramadan crescent was sighted in Pakistan on March 11, with the holy month commencing the subsequent day. Should the PMD’s prediction hold true, Pakistanis would observe a 29-day fasting period.

    Eid-ul-Fitr, observed globally by Muslims, follows the culmination of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal. Ramadan underscores the virtues of patience, self-discipline, and generosity, while Eid heralds a time of celebration and festivity.

    Given that Islamic months span either 29 or 30 days and rely on crescent sightings to determine their start and end, Ramadan does not adhere to a fixed date annually.

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which comprises 12 lunar-based months, resulting in a calendar approximately 10 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. Consequently, the timing of Ramadan varies each year relative to the Gregorian calendar.