Monday, October 23, 2006

Eid Mubarak everyone

Eid mubarak to everyone.

Once again Oman celebrates eid on a different date than the majority of muslim countries. But you know what, I think it's cool that we're different. We're not different just for the sake of being different. We're different in a completely transparent and methodical way. Our government has a clear policy on lunar sightings. They follow both astronomical calculations as well as moon sightings with the naked eye. The process is entirely televised with remote feeds from all the locations where committees are set up to get reports of moon sightings. Plus they have astronomers with telescopes on all the highest peeks in the country. All live on tv. Plus they show a documentary on the resulting calculations of what exact time the new moon was born, at what particular hours it will be possible to see it in each of the different parts of the country, how many minutes it will be visible, in what direction it will be moving, and how to differentiate between it and other astral projections. On top of all that anyone who calls in with a sighting is tested on what s/he saw to ensure that it is correct. What more do you want above that? The only way the system could be improved is if the sighting itself is eliminated and the date is fixed entirely by astronomical calculation. In which case, yes today would be the first day of eid. Either way it beats going with Saudi Arabia regardless whether they are right or wrong.

Have a great holiday. We're off for a few days of R&R.