Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr, at the end of the Month of Ramadan. It is a holiday that marks the end of the Ramadan.
Below are 11 things you should know about Eid al-Fitr:
#1: It is held to celebrate the conclusion of a month of fasting
Muslims fast from before sunrise to a little after sunset during the month of Ramadan. This is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed to our Noble Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). The holiday celebrates the end of the month on the Islamic calendar, as well as the end of the fasting.
#2. The Name Eid Al-Fitr is a literal translation
The literal meaning of Eid al-Fitr is “Festival of the breaking of the Fast,” or “the feast of Fast-Breaking.”
#3. The Eid begins when the new moon has been sighted
The Eid al-Fitr doesn’t start until the new moon appears in the sky. So this technically means the Eid al-Fitr start at different days and different times in different locations across the globe. Some Muslims, to make it uniform, celebrate the Eid when the new moon has been sighted in Mecca, instead of their own locations.
#4. The Eid al-Fitr and the month of Ramadan are held on different Gregorian dates each year
The calendar of Islam is based on the lunar cycle. Each new month starts and ends with each new moon.
#5. Typically, the Eid al-Fitr last for 3 days
Traditionally, the festival lasts for 3 days. However, depending on how it falls on the calendar, the festivities and parties can last longer.
#6. In the morning of the Eid, Muslims wash their bodies and put on new clothes
Muslims wake up to cleanse their bodies in a ritual called ‘ghusl’ before leaving to perform morning prayers.
#7. There are greetings of the Eid
The greeting for the Eid is “Eid Mubarak”, meaning “Have a blessed Eid!”
#8. There are the Prayers of Eid
Muslims gather for prayers in mosques or outdoor locations on Eid day.
#9. Gifts are given
Gifts are often given on the Eid, particularly to children.
#10. The Eid al-Fitr is also known as ‘the lesser Eid’
It is one of the two important Eid celebrations in Islam. The other Eid is called ‘Eid al-Adha’ which is ‘the feast of the sacrifice’ also known as ‘the greater Eid.’