The website, pakmoonsighting.pk, has been launched by PTI Govt “to halt the Moon Sighting controversy” that rears its head in the country every year prior to religious festivals. Named Moon Sighting Pakistan, the website features sections such as a monthly Hijri (Islamic) calendar for the next five years, a day-to-day lunar calendar against dates from the Gregorian calendar, and the dates on which the first day of every lunar month will fall.Website not only have a day-to-day five-year Islamic calendar next to the dates from Georgian calendar but it also lets you check the position of the moon.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, has launched Pakistan’s first official moon-sighting website and Islamic calendar. On Sunday, launching ceremony took place at Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).
Fawad Hussain Chaudhry addressing a press conference, announced that according to the lunar (Qamri) calendar, Eid-ul-Fitr 2019 will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 5, while Eid-ul-Azha will fall on August 12, 2019.
The Minister also pointed the dates for Eid celebrations for the upcoming next 5 years.
“As per the Islamic calendar,” he said, “the next four Eids will fall on May 24, 2020, May 3, 2021, April 22, 2022, and April 10, 2023.”
Official Moon Sighting App
A mobile phone app was also under preparation by the scientific committee after which people would also be able to sight moon on their smartphones.