Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, ends when the new moon is spotted in the sky, which means it differs from location to location.
What is it? Eid Al Fitr is a celebration which marks the end of Ramadan. It is a time to show kindness to others and love for Allah.
When is it? After the last day of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal. This year, Eid Al Fitr is predicted to begin on Friday July 17.
How do we know when Ramadan is over? The moon-sighting committee in Saudi Arabia will announce the end of Ramadan. The announcement automatically signals the start of Eid Al Fitr.
What does it mean? Roughly translated, Eid Al Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast”.
How long does it lasts?Technically, Eid Al Fitr lasts for one day, although the celebrations can last for up to three days.
Muslims donate to charity to help the poor and needy before the Eid prayers. This is called “Zakat”, and the amount which is given to charity is calculated based on one’s personal possessions.
Is it a public holiday? Yes! Eid Al Fitr is a public holiday in the UAE. However, how many days off work you are granted varies year on year.
Holidays will be on Shawwal 1 and 2. Holidays will be on Shawwal 1 and 2. Whether Eid falls is on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday depends on the moon-sighting.
What is the greeting? Greet people by saying “Eid Mubarak”. This translates into “Happy Eid”.
Muslims are required to walk to Eid prayers and forgive and forget any arguments that they may have had over the last year.
Prayers The Eid Al Fitr prayers are called “Salat Al Eid” in Arabic. There is no audible call to prayer for the Eid prayers. Muslims will gather in a mosque or open space en masse and offer two units of prayer – called “Rakaat”. A sermon follows, which asks Allah for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for every being across the world.