In India, Ramadan will end on July 6th this year, marking the beginning of Eid al-Fitr on July 7, 2016.
Regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Ramadan is the period when Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset and Eid al-Fitr is the day when they thank Allah for the strength, the will and the endurance he gives them, especially during this period.
Earlier, the festival was expected to fall on July 6th, as the International Astronimical Center was skeptical about the moon’s visibility from certain areas.
Now, media reports claim that In India, the moon sighting will start on Wednesday.
India not only has one of the world’s largest Muslim populations, it has also had Muslim presence for over a thousand years. It is therefore natural for Eid to be a major festival in the country, observed with all its attendant customs and rituals.