When is Eid ul-Fitr and how is it celebrated?
Eid ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Eid ul-Fitr symbolises the breaking of the fast and commences on the first day of Shawwal.
Most Muslims attend Eid prayers in the morning and once the local Imam declares Eid ul-Fitr everyone greets each other. Following prayers it is customary to visit relatives, friends and acquaintances. The traditional greeting exchanged at Eid ul Fitr is Eid Muburak.
Lasting for three days Eid ul-Fitr is not only a celebration of the end of fasting, but also a thanksgiving to Allah for the strength given through the last month to help practise self control. Homes are decorated for the celebration, everyone wears their best clothes and a special daytime celebratory meal is eaten ' the first daytime meal in a month.
The start date is denoted by the new moon at the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims insist on sight of the new moon before declaring the start of the Eid ul Fitr celebrations so the timing may differ from country to country but usually only by a day.
Estimated dates for Eid ul-Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr 2012 (1433) - 19th August
Eid ul-Fitr 2013 (1434) - 8th August
Eid ul-Fitr 2014 (1435) - 28th July
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