August 17, 2012
The High Committee of Fatwa in Iraqi Kurdistan has stated that the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, will be celebrated in the region on Sunday, 19 August 2012.
Below is an article published by AKnews:
Sunday [19 August 2012] is the first day of Eid al-Fitr in Kurdistan and anyone who marks Saturday [18 August 2012] as Eid in Kurdistan is guilty according to religion, said head of High Committee of Fatwa in Kurdistan.
On July 20  Saudi Arabia marked the first day of the holy month of Ramadan but a day after, on Saturday [21 July 2012] , Kurdistan entered Ramadan because moon was not seen in Kurdistan until then, said Mulla Ahmed Shafei.
Shafei continued "tomorrow is 100% Ramadan in Kurdistan … and Sunday will be the first day of Ramadan.
"Anyone who marks tomorrow [18 August 2012] Eid as in Saudi [Arabia] according to religious law will be guilty and should compensate the day.
"In Kurdistan Region we have our own Ministry of Endowment [and Religious Affairs], the Union of Islamic Scholars and High Committee of Fatwa which is our authority not Saudi [Arabia."
Iraq and its Kurdistan Region usually mark the first day of Ramadan together with Sadui Arabia but this year Kurdistan entered the Muslim holy month a day after Saudi Arabia.