The White House's tradition of holding an annual iftar dinner for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, began under the Clinton administration, which first hosted the event in 1996.
Eid-ul-Fitr has a particular Salat (prayer) consisting of two Rakats (units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall.
Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman has announced positive Shawwal moon-sighting on Sunday confirming that Pakistan is to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday.
Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country tomorrow, Shahi Imam of Delhis Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said today.
But much of the world had no such wait.
'This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity'.
How ISNA decides the Eid Al-Fitr?
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and other Arab States except Oman declared Sunday as the first day of Eid al Fitr. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal.
The news brings an end to the month-long daytime fasting by Muslims - of whom there are approximately 17.2 crore in India, according to the 2011 census, and somewhere around 20 crore now.
The official announcment by moon sighting committees and religious authorities in the three countries is expected by 08:00 pm today evening. Muslims will wear the new clothes, and they will celebrate that day happily. "The community spirit I felt at Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto reminds us all - no matter our backgrounds, we're in this together".
"Muslims in the country should stand vigilant against extremist elements", he said.