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Eid l Fitr set on May 24 after rain blocks sighting of new moon

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Muslim leaders declared that the feast of Eid l Fitr is to be celebrated in the Philippines on Sunday, May 24, after rain prevented the sighting of the new moon which would have moved the celebration a day earlier. Due to the inclement weather, no moon was sighted. Therefore, Eid l Fitr will be on Sunday, May 24, announced the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) on Friday evening, May 22. The mufti, or supreme Muslim religious leader, of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, made a similar declaration a few minutes before the NCMF. Eid l Fitr celebrates the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, when Muslims are prohibited from eating or even drinking water from sunrise to sunset each day. (READ: No food, no water, no sex: What we need to know about Ramadan) The date of Eid l Fitr changes every year depending on the sighting of the new moon in the 10th month of the Islamic calendar.  To determine the date of Eid l Fitr, Muslim moonsighting committees deployed across the country check the skies for the new moon. This year, if the new moon was sighted in the Philippines on Friday evening, Eid l Fitr would have been celebrated on Saturday, May 23. Eid l Fitr is celebrated for 3 days. This year, the Eid l Fitr holiday declared by President Rodrigo Duterte is on Monday, May 25, the second day of the celebrations. Muslims in other countries, however, can celebrate Eid l Fitr as early as Saturday if they see the new moon on Friday evening unlike in the Philippines. –

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