Saudi Arabia declares Eid al-Fitr to start on Sunday – television channels

The Saudis shop at Panorama Mall in the capital Riyadh on May 22, 2020, while Muslims prepare to celebrate the next Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan fasting month.
FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP

The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, scheduled for the end of the Ramadan fasting month, will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, kingdom officials said on Friday.

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"Saturday will be the last day of the holy holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr will take place on Sunday," said the royal court and the supreme court, quoted by the Saudi Press Agency.

Religious officials in Jerusalem, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Libya and Lebanon have also said that Eid will start on Sunday.

The time of Eid is determined by the position of the moon, according to the Muslim lunar calendar.

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The holiday is usually celebrated by reunited families.

But most Muslim-majority countries around the world have asked their citizens to limit their movement and personal contact during this year's celebrations, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Saudi Arabia, home to the most sacred Muslim places in the world, has established a complete curfew for the holiday period, after easing some of its restrictive measures during Ramadan.

The kingdom is the most affected country in the Gulf, according to reported data, with more than 67,000 confirmed coronavirus infections and 364 deaths from Covid-19 respiratory disease.

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