Eid-ul-Azha likely on October 16: Met office

Friday, October 4th, 2013 5:25:24 by

“Eid-ul-Azha” is likely to be celebrated in the country on October 16 (Wednesday) as there are strong indication the Islamic month “Zilhajj” is likely to commence from Oct: 7, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said Friday.

The met office said there are chances of sighting of the new moon in the evening of October 6 throughout the country. 

Therefore, the month of Zilhajj, will commence from October, 7 on Monday subject to the confirmation by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

According to PMD, the following threshold values of the astronomical parameters are essential for sighting the new moon of Zilhajj, 1434 Hijri.

Age of the new moon should be more than 26 hours and 40 minutes at the time of twilight for sighting new moon of Zilhajj whereas this time it is more than 35 hours throughout the country.

Minimum duration for the new moon after sunset should be more than 41 minutes whereas at this occasion, it is more than 45 minutes at a number of stations in the country.

The positions of the new moon and its angles at the time of sunset are also favorable for sighting of the new moon throughout the country.

The conditions for the sighting the new moon of Zilhajj, on October 6 are consonant with the prescribed criteria throughout the country, therefore, first day of Zilhajj would be on October 7 (Monday) and Eid-ul-Azha would be celebrated in the country on Wednesday, October 16, subject to confirmation by the Central Ruet-e- Hilal Committee.

Fair and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on the evening of October 06.

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