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Jakarta Post

Idul Fitri falls on Sunday, government declares

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 23 2020   /  12:24 am

The government announced on Friday that the first day of Syawal month, which marks the Idul Fitri celebration, would fall on Sunday.

All the major Islamic organizations in the country have endorsed the decision made during a limited isbat (confirmation) meeting held by the Religious Affairs Ministry with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and other related institutions in Jakarta.

Several Islamic organizations attended Friday’s meeting via video conference. “After combining both the hisab [astronomical calculation] and rukyat [lunar movement observation] methods, we have concluded that Idul Fitri this year will fall on Sunday,” Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said.

He added that Saudi Arabia would also celebrate the holy day on Sunday. The minister said that none of the observation teams deployed in 80 locations across the country had spotted the hilal ...