Muhammadiyah says Eid will be on August 30

Posted by David Khoirul

Muhammadiyah Indonesia when idul fitri Nahdlatul UlamaEid, also known as Idul Fitri in Indonesia, will fall on August 30, according to the country's second larget Muslim organization Muhammadiyah.

On July 5, 2011, at the office of East Java chapter, Tarjih Assembly of Muhammadiyah regional leaders held a consultative meeting, resulting in the day of Eid.

Muhammadiyah based its calculation on a hisab or astronomical calculations performed by the Tarjih Assembly in Wisata Bahari Lamongan, previously known as Tanjung Kodok, in the village of Paciran, regency of Lamongan, East Java.

After the calculation and a long discussion, they announced that Ramadhan would end in 29 days. It means that, on Aug. 30, Muslims will celebrate Eid.

East Java chapter of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the larger Muslim organization, however, said Indonesian Muslims might celebrate Idul Fitri on different days.

Sholeh Hayat, an NU East Java official, said there was a possibility hilal -- or the new moon -- for the month of Syawal would be seen only after Aug. 30, which means August 31 is the first day of Idul Fitri.

Nearer to the end of Ramadhan, according to Sholeh, the NU would perform its rukyatul hilal (hilal sighting) to decide the last day of Ramadhan.

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