When Is Eid al-Fitr

When is Eid-al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr (also spelled Eid ul-Fitr) marks the end of the month of Ramadan, when all the Muslims keep a month long fast. The word Fitr itself means "to break" in Arabic which signifies the breaking of the fast as well as all evil habits.

Eid al-Fitr is also popularly abbreviated as Eid. It is the conclusion of the dawn-to-sunset fasting for the month of Ramadan. The festivities are extended to a period of a three-day Muslim holiday. The first day of Eid is on the first day of the next month of Ramadan, Shawwal.

However, as the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the date moves according to the visibility of the moon.

Celebrations of Eid-al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr, which is the end of the month of Ramadan, does with the communal aspects of fasting. It is a day of festivity for the Muslims and emphasizes on the basic values of being a true Muslim, - empathy for the poor, charity, worship, etc. Communal feasts are held, sweets and new clothes are also exchanged.

Muslim Observances