World Bulletin/News Desk
The Muslim world will observe the start of the four-day Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) on three different dates.
The Eid begins on Thursday in Turkey as well as several Balkan nations, including Macedonia and Albania. Yet the most favored date for the start of the feast is Friday, when Saudi Arabia begins to observe the Eid. Recently, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh announced that the Eid begins on Saturday in their countries.
Kosovo recently changed the date for the start of the Eid from Thursday to Friday. Apart from Kosovo, other Balkan states to celebrate the feast starting on Friday include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.
Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate earlier suggested that a common calendar should be formed for the entire Muslim world.
Eid al-Adha begins on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijja (Zilhicce in Turkish) on the Muslim lunar calendar and lasts for four days.
İstanbul University Astronomy and Space Sciences Department Professor Adnan Ökten explained in remarks to the Anatolia news agency that Oct. 16 was the first day of Dhu al-Hijja since the new moon was first sighted on the western coast of Argentina, and therefore, Oct. 25 is the first day of Eid.
Saudi officials, on the other hand, take the new moon sighting in Mecca as the first day of the month and accept Oct. 26 as the first day of Eid.
The differing calendars also affect pilgrims in Mecca and the timing of their rituals.Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2012, 11:01