While people across the world who are observing the holy month of Ramadan are eagerly waiting for the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr after the crescent moon sighting, it is expected that the festive day will be delayed in the US. As per reports, due to the total solar eclipse on April 8, there is a chance festive spirits of Eid will be delayed.

For people across the world, and particularly in the US regions, Ramadan this year began on Sunday, March 10, with fasting beginning next day. Fasting typically lasts almost 30 days making the Eid celebrations fall on either Tuesday, April 9 or April 10.

How the 2024 solar eclipse could impact the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid?

On April 8, many across the North American region will be looking up to see the first total eclipse in almost more than five years. The lunar orbit may cause it to completely defuse from the sun’s disk.

For Muslims across America, the end of Ramadan is a time to rejoice and celebrate, However, this year, the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid coincides with the solar eclipse, which could make things a little confusing.

Like the start of the Holy month of Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr, the holiday commemorating its end is also based on the sighting of the crescent moon and until it is spotted you will have to wait for the Eid celebrations.

The two holidays follow the Islamic Hijri calendar, a lunar cycle. Each year, the holidays fall about 11 days before they do the year before determining their start always comes down to when the crescent moon is seen in the sky.According to eclipse cartographer Michael Zeiler, speaking to USA Today, due to the eclipse occurring in the early afternoon on Monday, the moon phase will be too young at sunset, making it impossible to observe the crescent moon that evening.He claimed that due to the total Solar Eclipse occurring on April 8, one won’t be able to see the crescent moon on the same night but the following night after sunset. However, one will have to still wait for the sighting of the crescent moon to determine the day of Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.


When is Eid starting this year?
The festive occasion of Eid will begin April 10 and may continue till April 11, both of which fall on a Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

When is the total solar eclipse happening this year?
According to NASA, the total solar eclipse is recently arriving on April 8 this year and will be visible across regions across the US, including some popular tourist destinations.

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