HOPES OF all who were betting on Id to be on Tuesday crashed as the crescent did not show amidst clouds and the kite-strewn Jamghat sky. The moon marks the end of Ramzan and always turns ‘Id ka chand’.
One may recall the storm raised by an official announcement last month to the effect that Id-ul-Fitr would be on October 25. The argument against the announcement was that using high-tech devices of astronomical research to determine the day of Id takes away the suspense and thrill of craning the neck to sight it. It was not for nothing that the tenets of Islam made it mandatory to celebrate the festival only after sighting the moon. Citizens tasted that same thrill on Monday.