Islam

Eid Al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast

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Faith(s) Islam
Names Eid Al-Fitr, Eid al-Fitr, 'Id al-Fitr, al-ʿĪd al-Ṣaghīr, Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, Ramazan Bayrami
Meaning celebrates the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting
Duration 3 days
Date first three days of the Islamic month of Shawwal
Dates May 12, 2021-May 13, 2021
May 2, 2022-May 3, 2022
April 21, 2023-April 22, 2023
April 9, 2024-April 10, 2024
March 30, 2025-March 31, 2025

'Id Al-Fitr or Eid al-Fitr (Arabic, "Feast of the Breaking of the Fast") is one of Islam's two major festivals. It is a joyful celebration marking the end of Ramadan.

Meaning of Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It is a time of celebration and thankfulness to God for the self-control practiced during Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr Rituals

Rituals and practices of 'Id al-Fitr are characterized by joyfulness, togetherness and thankfulness. They include the following:

  • communal (mosque) prayer at dawn on the first day
  • social gatherings and official receptions
  • gift-giving
  • eating sweets
  • wearing new clothes
  • visiting graves of family
  • the greeting 'Id Mabarak ("May God make it a blessed feast")

Dates of Eid al-Fitr

'Id al-Fitr is celebrated during the first three days of the Islamic month of Shawwal, which is the 10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar. The holiday may fall in any season and occurs earlier every year on the Gregorian calendar.

Sources

  1. Eid al-Fitr.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.

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Title Eid Al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast
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Last UpdatedFebruary 24, 2021
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MLA Citation “Eid Al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast.” ReligionFacts.com. 24 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021. <religionfacts.com/eid-al-fitr>