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The Astronomical Observatory at the Majmaa University completed its technical and administrative preparations to monitor the crescent of Shawwal on Thursday, reports Al Arabiya.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country except Kerala on Saturday as the moon was not sighted here today, Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari said.

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and the zonal committees will gather the information from all across Pakistan and the central body will announce the decision about the sighting of the Eid-ul-Fitr moon or otherwise.

The International Astronomical Centre, in Abu Dhabi expected Eid to be on Friday "in most Islamic countries including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar". The date of Eid al-Fitr varies from country to country, depending on the moon's sighting.

The committee's research chief earlier said moon will not be visible on the evening of Thursday.

"The moon was not sighted today".

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 15th and Monday, 18th June as public holidays to celebrate this year's Eid-el Fitr.

Eid al-Fitr, known as the feast that breaks the fast of Ramadan, is the first and only day of the new month called Shawwal when Muslims are not permitted to fast.

In Bangladesh, Nepal and part of India, including Mumbai, Malegaon and Dhule in North Maharashtra, Thursday corresponds to 28th Ramadan 1439 as they had started fasting a day later than the major parts of Indian subcontinent.

"After we couldn't spot the moon, we spoke to other states".

The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

For those of us who work a standard Sunday to Thursday week, that means no additional time out of the office.

"On this auspicious occasion as the Muslim Holy month concludes, a spirit of renewal for continued peace is paramount and should be encouraged by all believers", Mutharika said in a statement.

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