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Eid al-Fitr in 2018

Muslim Holiday Religious festival observed globally by Muslims

The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, which marks the end of Ramadan falls on Friday 15 June 2018 in many countries.

When is Eid al-Fitr?

How long until Eid Al Fitr?
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Dates of Eid-ul-Fitr
Year Weekday Date
2019 Wednesday
2018 Saturday
2017 Monday
2016 Wednesday
2015 Friday
Who observes Eid al-Fitr?
Full list of 2018 Eid al-Fitr holidays by day »
Summary
The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan

The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan.

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith and is sacred to Muslims as it was during this month that the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

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.

This year, the date of Eid Al-Fitr falls on Friday 15 June, though the moon was not sighted in the subcontinent on Thursday night, so Eid will not begin until Saturday 16 June in India and Pakistan and may even not start until Sunday 17 June in some regions such as Mumbai.

For a full up to date list of holidays per day over the period of Eid al-Fitr, please check our list of 2018 Eid al-Fitr holidays by day.

Traditions of Eid Al-Fitr

'Sawm', which is 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 by saying prayers, giving money to the poor, sending Eid greetings and feasting with their families.

The phrase commonly used by Muslims as a greeting on this day is “Eid Mubarak”, which is Arabic for 'blessed festival'.

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.

Holidays in a Hurry: Eid al-Fitr 2018

The following short video is an overview of Eid al-Fitr. This is perfect for sharing with anyone who you think would like to understand a little more about the history and traditions of Eid al-Fitr.

 

Eid around the world


Indonesia

In Indonesia, Eid al-Fitr is commonly known as Lebaran. To mark Lebaran, every employee is enititled to a legally mandated salary bonus known as Tunjangan Hari Raya (THR).

Pakistan

A special treat associated with this festival in Pakistan is Sheer Korma, which is pasta cooked in milk and sugar, and sprinkled with almonds, pistachios, and dates. This dish is served on the morning of Eid after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to any visiting guests. In Pakistan, holidays usually last for three days.

Turkey

In Turkey, Eid is known as Ramazan Feast and is usually a three day holiday. The first day of Eid al-Fitr is called the Candy Festival (Seker Bayrami) as the tradition is to give children sweets or money wrapped in handkerchiefs.

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