Mumbai: Muslims in India will observe Eid al-Adha celebrations on October 16, it is announced by various Hilal Committees after the new moon of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah is sighted at different places of the country.
Eid al-Adha is celebrated every year on 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah. It coincides with Hajj when hundreds of thousands of Muslims from all across the world gather at Makkah's Mount of Arafat to observe the annual ritual.
"We have received reports of moon sighting from different parts of Maharashtra and outside. Based on these reports, it announced that Eid al-Adha celebrations in India will be observed on October 16", M Burhanuddin Qasmi of Markaz Al Maar'f, Mumbai said while talking to ummid.com.
Similar annoucements were also made at other places.
"We have received reports of moon sighting from Nanded, Pune and some other parts. Hence its is decided to celebrate Eid al-Adha on October 16", Shakeel Faizee, Emir Jamiat Ahle Hadees Maharashtra said.
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states had announced yesterday to observe Eid al-Adha celebrations on October 15. It was also announced that Hajj - the gathering at Mount Arafat will be on October 14.
Islamic calendar depends on lunar system and the first day of the new month is decided based on sighting of moon. New moon is sighted on 29th day of the current mont. If the new moon is sighted, the next day is counted as the first day of the following month. If not, 30 days are completed.