Tunis/Tunisia — Tuesday, April 13, 2021, will be the first day of the month of Ramadan of the year 1442 of the Hegira, announced the Mufti of the Republic, Othman Batikh.
The Mufti said that this date was set based on a report of the crescent moon sighting carried out in five sighting posts located in different regions of the country. He stressed the need to be vigilant and to respect the lockdown.
He recalled in this context that the vaccine against the coronavirus does not affect fasting, adding that people infected by the COVID-19 should respect the advice of their doctors.
The National Institute of Meteorology (INM) announced on Sunday that the sighting of the crescent for the city of Tunis will take place exceptionally at the INM headquarters, given the health situation in the country and to avoid congestion, in the presence of INM staff and executives of the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The sighting operation is not open to the public.
It will also take place in the governorates of Beja, Kairouan, Medenine and Tozeur. Traditionally, the sighting was followed each year by several citizens and was done from the Sidi Belhassan hill in Tunis.