Saudi Arabia's King Salman performs Eid Al-Fitr prayer in Makkah

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III, has declared Friday June 15, 2018 as the day to mark the Eid-el-Fitr, and the end of Ramadan fast.

King Salman performed the Eid Al-Fitr prayer in Makkah's Grand Mosque on Friday. The festival will be celebrated tomorrow in the southern state as the moon was sighted in Kozhikode district, around 370 kms from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal.

He predicted that the crescent of the month of Shawwal will be seen in most Arab and Islamic countries.

Eid al-Fitr has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) which is generally offered in an open field or a large hall with congregation in attendance.

Those who celebrate Eid on Saturday include Muslims of Pakistan. However, the specific dishes vary by family and region.

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The Islamic month of Shawwal comes after the 29 or 30 days of the month of Ramadan when Muslims across the world observe a month long fasting.

Earlier, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Ahmed Bukhari said Eid would be celebrated across the country on June 16, as there was no sight of the moon anywhere.

While Australia and New Zealand will ring in the festival on Saturday, Singapore and Malaysia are observing it on Friday.

Thousands of Liberian Muslims celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan at the Gurley Street Mosque have been called on to ensure that the Liberian government's effort to reconcile the country is successful through unity. "Allah has made this Eid a declaration of happiness and joy after the completion of worship, that embodies the meanings of communication, cohesion and compassion, as well as sublime values of tolerance and solidarity", he said, while asking Almighty Allah to make the Eid a festival of joy and pleasure for all Muslims. A huge amount of money and food were also donated in the Holy month of Ramadan to help the poor and needy.

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