Eid al-Fitr Holiday in United Arab Emirates in 2020

  How long until Eid al-Fitr Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 189 days.
  Dates of Eid al-Fitr Holiday in United Arab Emirates
2021 May 11, May 12, May 13, May 14, May 15
United Arab EmiratesSat, May 15National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesFri, May 14National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesThu, May 13National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesWed, May 12National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesTue, May 11Government Holiday (additional day)
2020 May 23, May 24, May 25, May 26
United Arab EmiratesTue, May 26National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesMon, May 25National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSun, May 24National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSat, May 23National Holiday
2019 Jun 2, Jun 3, Jun 4, Jun 5, Jun 6
United Arab EmiratesThu, Jun 6National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesWed, Jun 5National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesTue, Jun 4National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesMon, Jun 3National Holiday (additional day)
United Arab EmiratesSun, Jun 2Government Holiday (additional day)
2018 Jun 14, Jun 15, Jun 16, Jun 17
United Arab EmiratesSun, Jun 17Government Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSat, Jun 16National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesFri, Jun 15National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesThu, Jun 14Government Holiday
2017 Jun 24, Jun 25, Jun 26, Jun 27
United Arab EmiratesTue, Jun 27Government Holiday
United Arab EmiratesMon, Jun 26National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSun, Jun 25National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSat, Jun 24Government Holiday
  Summary
Holiday for the festival that marks the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan
  Eid al-Fitr Holiday in other countries
Eid al-Fitr Holiday internationally

Eid al-Fitr Holiday in United Arab Emirates

The public sector and government departments close for several days over Eid every year. Only emergency services remain open or the offices of some essential services will open for limited times.

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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