Saudi, most Gulf Arabs start Eid feast on Sunday

Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:40pm EDT
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KUWAIT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and most fellow Gulf Arab states will celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast on Sunday to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, regional media said on Saturday.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will also start the holiday on Sunday, media reports said. Oman is marking Eid on Monday.

The timing of Eid can vary in different countries depending on the sighting of the new moon, which marks the start of the month in Islam's lunar calendar.

Regional stock markets are closed during the holiday.