Thai Muslims to celebrate Aidilfitri on Sunday

BANGKOK  — Muslims in Thailand will celebrate Aidilfitri on Sunday (May 24), Sheikhul Islam of Thailand, Aziz Phitakkumpon announced tonight.

“It has been confirmed that the new crescent moon has not been sighted. Hence, the first day of Syawal is on Sunday,” he said. The announcement was broadcast live by a local television station.

Thai Muslims, who mostly live in the southern Thai regions of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla, will celebrate Aidilfitri in the new normal following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Aidilfitri prayer will be allowed at mosques located in areas without infected cases (green zones) with strict health guidelines to contain the outbreak.

In an announcement on May 17, Aziz said members of the congregation must wear masks, perform ablution at home and bring their own prayer mats.

He said the Aidilfitri prayers must be shortened to 20 minutes.

Aidilfitri feasts at mosques, family gatherings, and visiting family members’ grave should not be held, he added.