Eid Al Fitr in Saudi Arabia in 2020

  How long until Eid Al Fitr?
This holiday next takes place in 46 days.
  Dates of Eid Al Fitr in Saudi Arabia
2022 May 3, May 4, May 5, May 6, May 7
Saudi ArabiaSat, May 7Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaFri, May 6Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaThu, May 5National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaWed, May 4National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaTue, May 3National Holiday
2021 May 11, May 12, May 13, May 14, May 15, May 16, May 17, May 18, May 19
Saudi ArabiaWed, May 19Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaTue, May 18Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaMon, May 17Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaSun, May 16National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaSat, May 15National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaFri, May 14National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaThu, May 13National Holiday
Saudi ArabiaWed, May 12Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaTue, May 11Government Holiday (additional day)
2020 May 24, May 25, May 26, May 27, May 28
Saudi ArabiaThu, May 28Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaWed, May 27Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaTue, May 26National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaMon, May 25National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaSun, May 24National Holiday
2019 Jun 2, Jun 3, Jun 4, Jun 5, Jun 6, Jun 7, Jun 8, Jun 9, Jun 10
Saudi ArabiaMon, Jun 10Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaSun, Jun 9Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaSat, Jun 8Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaFri, Jun 7National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaThu, Jun 6National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaWed, Jun 5National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaTue, Jun 4National Holiday
Saudi ArabiaMon, Jun 3Government Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaSun, Jun 2Government Holiday (additional day)
2018 Jun 15, Jun 17, Jun 18, Jun 19, Jun 20, Jun 21
Saudi ArabiaThu, Jun 21Government Holiday
Saudi ArabiaWed, Jun 20Government Holiday
Saudi ArabiaTue, Jun 19Government Holiday
Saudi ArabiaMon, Jun 18National Holiday
Saudi ArabiaSun, Jun 17National Holiday
Saudi ArabiaFri, Jun 15National Holiday
The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan
  Eid Al Fitr in other countries
Eid Al Fitr internationally

Eid al-Fitr in 2019

The Shawwal crescent was sighted in Tumair region of Saudi Arabia in the evening of June 3rd. Eid-ul-Fitr 2019 began on Tuesday June 4th 2019 in those regions who use the Saudi sighting as the date for Eid.

For countries who do not follow the Saudi date, Eid al-Fitr will be on Wednesday June 5th 2019.

When is Eid al-Fitr?

The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-breaking, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.  The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

As the date of Eid depends on the sighting of the moon, there may be variations in the exact date that is celebrated around the world. The announcement of the exact dates of Eid Al-Fitr may not happen until close to the start of Ramadan.

Keep up to date with the Eid al-Fitr public holidays with our day by day guide.

Traditions of Eid al-Fitr

'Sawm', which is the practice of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims believe that it was during the month of Ramadan that the text of the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with prayers called "Salat Al Eid" in Arabic. There is no audible call to prayer for the Eid prayers. Muslims will gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two units of prayer – called "Rakat". The prayers are followed by a sermon, in which the imam asks for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for every being across the world.

Other key elements of the Eid celebrations are giving money to the poor (known as 'Zakat al-Fitr', the amount to be given depends on the possessions someone has), sending Eid greetings and feasting with families.

For many Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is a festival to show gratitude to Allah for the help and strength he gave them throughout the month of Ramadan to help them practice self-control.

The phrase commonly used by Muslims as a greeting on this day is “Eid Mubarak”, which is Arabic for 'blessed festival'. The proper response to Eid Mubarak is "Khair Mubarak", which wishes goodness on the person who has greeted you.

The first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions after their victory in the battle of Jang-e-Badar, a turning point in Muhammad's struggle with his opponents among the Quraish in Mecca during in the early days of Islam.

Eid al-Fitr may also be called 'Feast of the Lesser Bairam, Bairam being a Turkic word for holiday. It may seem odd that the word lesser is used for such a widely celebrated festival, the reason is that the 'Greater Bairam' is Eid al-Adha, the other great Islamic festival which is seen as the holier of the two. 

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