Eid likely to be celebrated on Aug 31: Met Office


Astronomical data indicate that there is a chance for sighting the Shawwal moon on August 30, the 29th of Ramadan-ul-Mubarik, 1432 AH, the Met office predicted on Thursday.

Therefore, it said Eid-ul-Fitr is expected in Pakistan on  Wednesday, August 31, subject to the confirmation by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.
He said, the following threshold values of the astronomical parameters are essential for sighting the new moon of Shawwal, 1432 Hijri.  Age of the new moon should be more than 31 hours at the time of twilight for sighting new moon, whereas this time it is more than 34 hours in most parts of the country.

Minimum duration for the new moon after sunset should be more than 41 minutes whereas at this occasion, it is more than 40 minutes in coastal areas of country.
The positions of the new moon and its angles at the time of sunset are also favorable for sighting of the new moon in coastal areas.
As such conditions for sighting the new moon of Shawwal are consonant with the prescribed criteria.
Therefore, 1st day of Shawwal is expected to start from Wednesday, August 31, in the country.
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