Muslims Celebrates Eid al-Fitr, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 June, 2017. | The end of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr

It is known that time like this every year is been celebrated by Muslims. Eid al-Fitr is an Islamic festival of breaking the fast’ and comes at the end of the month of Ramadan.

Like with most holidays, people celebrate differently, but Muslims will gather together at the mosque for a prayer in the morning and then spend the day with friends and family.

The exact date of Eid is yet to be determined as it depends on the lunar cycle but we know it is likely to be on one of two days at the end of June.

As it’s the first day for a month where food can be eaten during daylight hours, more often than not a lot of it is served up during the celebrations!

Some Questions People Ask

What is the meaning of Eid?

Eid al-Fitr translates from Arabic as the “festival of breaking the fast” and involves a range of celebrations as friends, family and the entire Muslim community come together.

Every year across the globe Muslims gather together to celebrate Eid as the month-long fasting of Ramadan comes to an end.

Traditionally, Eid is celebrated for three days and is a national holiday in Muslim countries. In the UK most people tend to celebrate for a day and will take a day off work and school.

As the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the day is set when a new moon is sighted – but there is no exact definition of what this means.

Note that in the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on the sunset of Saturday, the 24th of June.

Eid will take place on either Sunday 25 or Monday 26 June. So Eid al-Fitr Holidays comes on Monday and Tuesday…

Saudi Arabia announced the first day of Eid will be held on Sunday, 25 June, with Turkey and Muslim communities in Europe, Australia and North America set to follow.

However, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are likely to begin their celebrations on Monday, 26 June.

There is little agreement within the faith about whether the moon must be spotted with the naked eye or not and whether it should be seen in the country where the celebrations are happening.

Why are Muslims celebrating?

Muslims have been fasting and going without food and water from dawn to sunset for an entire month. As the days are longer during the summer, Muslims in the UK are fasting for 19 hours a day.

Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and Muslims believe that it was during this month the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The end of Ramadan is greeted with the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr.

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