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Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated in NCR on Saturday

New Delhi  :  Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Saturday. This was announced by Mufti Mohd Mukkaram Ahmed, the Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, here on Thursday  evening after a
PTI September 09, 2010 21:46 IST
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New Delhi  :  Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Saturday. This was announced by Mufti Mohd Mukkaram Ahmed, the Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, here on Thursday  evening after a meeting of Royat Hilal Committee.

"The moon of Shawwal was not sighted today. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday," he said. Syed Ahmed Bhukari, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, said the moon was not sighted from anywhere as yet and "therefore I announce that the 1st of Shawwal (Eid-ul-Fitr) falls on Saturday."

The celebrations culminates fasting by devotees for a month during Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

The faithful wake up early morning for the pre-dawn 'sehri' meal renouncing food and water during the day before breaking their fast in the evening. The evening meal is known as 'iftaar'.

 As Islam follows a lunar calendar, the holy month begins every year about 11 days earlier and its commencement is traditionally determined by the appearance of the new moon. PTI