It’s almost time for Eid al-Fitr, also known as the ‘festival of breaking of the fast’. It’s a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims all over the world, and we’ve got all of the info you need to know about the day!
Eid al-Fitr is tomorrow, July 5 at sundown, and it will mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It’s one of the most important days on the Muslim calendar, and you can learn all about the holiday right here!
1. Eid al-Fitr is the first day where Muslims are not permitted to fast after a month of having done so.
Eid is a single day where Muslims divert from fasting from sundown to dawn, which is done during the month of Ramadan. Naturally, Eid involves tons of feasting and parties!
2. On Eid, Muslims gather at mosques for prayer, followed by days of festivities.
Early in the morning, Muslims visit mosques or outdoor locations to perform the Eid prayer. After the sermon and congregational prayer, Muslims often go celebrate with friends and family, give gifts and call relatives. These celebrations traditionally last three days, and all of the days are considered an official government/school holiday.
3. Eid has multiple English translations.
The holiday is also known as Fastbreaking Eid, Sweet Festival, Ramadan feast, Feast of Fasting, Lesser Eid, Smaller Eid, Small Eid, Minor feast, Eid al-Saghir and Sugar Feast. So interesting!
4. The first day of the holiday is determined by the lunar calendar.
The dates of Eid change every year due to Islam following a lunar calendar. The lunar calendar doesn’t have a set amount of days, and the end of Ramadan has been determined this year by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA). The Gulf Arab countries, including Yemen, Indonesia, and the Philippines, have since announced that the holiday will begin on July 5.
5. Eid has its own special cuisine.
Everyone knows that the best part of any holiday is the food, and Eid involves a variety of sweet dishes. An Eid feast might include Sheer Khurma, a form of long pasta cooked with dates, or ras malai, a cake prepared with milk. Yum!
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HollywoodLifers, do you or anyone you know celebrate Eid al-Fitr? What’s your favorite tradition associated with the holiday?