The federal government of Pakistan has announced a five-day holiday in honor of Eidul Fitr, a significant religious occasion celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The interior ministry issued a statement on Thursday, confirming that all government, semi-government, and private organizations, factories, banks, and educational institutions will remain closed from April 21 to 25 on account of the Eid.
The Cabinet Division recommended the Eid holidays, and the federal government approved them. The Ministry of Interior will issue the regular notification of the Eid holidays.
Eidul Fitr marks the end of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. As Ramadan enters its last Ashra (ten days), Muslims prepare for one of the most anticipated holidays.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet on April 20 to sight the crescent moon of Eidul Fitr, according to a statement from the religious affairs ministry. The meeting will be held at the religious affairs ministry in Islamabad and will be presided over by Ruet-e-Halal Committee Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad. The zonal committees will hold meetings at designated locations across the country.
This announcement comes after much confusion during the moonsighting meeting that marked the start of Ramadan 2023. The sighting of the crescent moon is essential in determining the exact date of Eidul Fitr, as it signals the end of Ramadan.
Muslims worldwide celebrate Eidul Fitr by gathering with family and friends, feasting, and exchanging gifts. The holiday also includes acts of charity and is an opportunity for Muslims to reflect on their spiritual journey during the month of Ramadan.
In summary, the federal government of Pakistan has approved a five-day holiday in honor of Eidul Fitr, which will be observed from April 21 to 25. The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet on April 20 to sight the crescent moon of Eidul Fitr, and the regular notification of the Eid holidays will be issued by the Ministry of Interior.