When is Eid al-Fitr?
How long until Eid Al Fitr?
|This holiday next takes place in 54 Days.|
Dates of Eid-ul-Fitr
Who observes Eid al-Fitr?
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|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 predicted date of Eid Al-Fitr falls on a Friday, which is the weekend in many Islamic countries, so expect a lot of changes and Thursday 14 June being declared a public holiday in many countries.
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.
Eid around the world
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).
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.
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.