Government has issued a clarification on when the Eid al-Fitr celebrations will be held.
In the earlier letter to the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communication Technology & National Guidance Catherine Bitarakwate the permanent secretary of the Ministry of public service declared tomorrow Friday, April 21 as the Eid day celebration.
In another subsequent letter, however, Ms. Bitarakwate said the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) had written to them with new messaging.
“They were expecting Eid to fall either on Friday 21st April 2023 or Saturday 22nd April 2023 subject to sighting the moon by Saudi Arabian Authorities, which is expected by 5 pm today,” reads part of the letter.
“Eid al Fitr falls either on the 29th day of fasting during Ramadhan or after fasting 30 days, implying that should the moon not be sighted on the 29th day, Eid al Fitr automatically falls on the next day, in this case, 22nd April 2023,” it adds.
Bitarakwate said that the guidance, therefore, is to wait for the confirmation from UMSC, by 5 pm today after which the announcement can be made.
“If not confirmed today, the Eid al Fitr day will be celebrated on Saturday 22nd April 2023 as a Public Holiday. In essence, communication is only issued after the UMSC confirmation,” it adds.