Tehran (IP) - Muslims in Iran and many other countries will celebrate Eid al-Fitr tomorrow on Wednesday which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan after the new moon of the lunar month of Shawwal was sighted on Tuesday night.

Iran PressIran News: Naqareh drums will be played at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH), the eighth Shia Imam, in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad on Wednesday morning, and Muslim worshippers who had fasted for a month will take part in Eid prayers there and across the country early in the morning of the occasion of the festive event, which marks the end of Ramadan – the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

In the capital, Tehran, people will gather at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla (Congregational Prayers Site) to perform Eid al-Fitr prayers. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei will lead the prayers.

Along with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, announced that Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy occasion.

Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world. It marks the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

The occasion falls on the first day of the 10th lunar calendar month of Shawwal, the start of which varies based on the sighting of the new moon by local religious authorities.

Eid al-Fitr has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) which is generally offered in an open field or a large hall with congregation in attendance.

Muslims believe that they are commanded by God, as mentioned in the Holy Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat al-Fitr – a ritual offering – before offering the Eid prayers.


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