When is a moon not a moon? That is the question
vexing Islamic astronomers after accusations that Saudi Arabia had
jumped the gun in declaring the festival of Eid ul-Fitr because they
mistook Saturn for the Moon.
The festival is the most joyous moment in the
Islamic calendar and celebrates the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
But every now and then celebrations are marred by bickering between
competing Islamic authorities over when Eid starts. This year's row is
over whether the festival should have begun last Monday or Tuesday.
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