When is Eid al-Fitr and how do Muslim people celebrate it?

Ramadan is expected to end on 14 June this year, prompting celebrations as the 1.6 billion Muslims across the world mark the beginning of Eid al-Fitr.

Translated from Arabic as “the feast of the breaking of the fast”, the festival will begin as the moon rises on Thursday evening and can continue for up to three days.

Muslims observe a number of traditions during Eid, such as holding prayers and donating money to charity.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid a-Fitr is the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month during which Muslims fast during daylight hours and refrain from sexual activity, among other things.

Ramadan, considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam, lasts between 29 and 30 days, based on when a new moon is sighted by local religious authorities. The sighting means Eid can begin.

The holiday, considered one of the most important in the Islamic faith, has its own particular set of prayers, which Muslims will recite in congregation often in parks, community centres or at mosques.



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