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Jakarta Post

Idul Fitri starts Friday

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 9 2010   /  09:30 am

This year’s Idul Fitri falls on Friday and Saturday, the government announced late Wednesday after consulting the main Muslim organizations. With the country’s two largest Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, concluding that Idul Fitri falls on Sept. 10 and 11, or the same dates stated in the national calendar, most Muslims across the country will celebrate the much-anticipated holiday on the same days.NU and Muhammadiyah followers have often celebrated the holiday on different days in the previous years, given their different methods to determine the dates.While NU counts on the sighting of hilal (the very slight crescent moon that is first visible after a new moon), Muhammadiyah depends on hisab (astronomical calculation) to determine the end of Ramadan fasting month and the start of the Islamic month of Syawal.The Idul Fitri holiday falls on Syawal first an...