Earlier, Pakistans Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted that Eid-ul- Fitr is expected to fall on May 25 in the country. The officials said that the new moon will be less likely to appear 29th of Ramazan as the weather will be cloudy in most parts of the country that day.

How Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 will be celebrated in Muslim-majority countries?

In Saudi Arabia, authorities announced that a 24-hour curfew would go into effect on May 23, when Eid al-Fitr is expected to begin. The curfew will set to remain in place until May 27, the last day of celebrations. Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh issued an edict instructing the faithful to conduct Eid prayers at home.

“It is permissible to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at home under exceptional circumstances similar to the current pandemic situation,” the grand mufti informed the Saudi Gazette.

Egyptian authorities also have plans to place a nationwide curfew for Eid al-Fitr in order to discourage the rise in the number of COVID-19 infections. In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a nationwide lockdown would be in place for the entirety of Eid al-Fitr.

Pakistan, a South Asian Muslim country, has yet to issue guidelines regarding Eid celebrations during the COVID-19 crisis. However, the country’s interior ministry notified that all businesses, public places, community markets, shops, etc will remain closed during the Eid holidays and only essential items’ shops and medical stores will be allowed to remain open.