Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta religious authority announced that Thursday will mark the first day of the Arabic month of Shawal of the Islamic Calendar year 1434, making it the first day of the religious holiday Eid Al-Fitr.
The government institution that issues official edicts said it spotted the moon by the naked eye, which according to Islamic tradition, indicates the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
This year, Ramadan lasted 29 days long. In Arabic months, based on a lunar system, it can last either 29 or 30 days.
Eid Al-Fitr lasts for three days.
Ahram Online wishes all of its readers happy holidays.