Each and every year across the globe Muslims gather together and they rejoice the auspicious festival by breaking their almost one month-long fasting of Ramadan which comes to end on the Eid. This festival is also addressed as the Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Fitr translates from Arabic as the “festival of breaking the fast” and engrosses a range of celebrations as friends, family and the entire Muslim community when coming together.
The exact date of Eid is yet to be determined but the date of this festival is determined as per the lunar cycle but we know it is likely to be on one of two days at the end of June.
Here is everything you need to know about Eid-al-Fitr:
When is Eid?
The pious festival will take place this year on 2017 on 25 or 26 June. This is so 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 what is the means of this!
There is little conformity 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 of the festival EID can be found!
The result of the varying interpretations and explanations of the rule is that Eid falls on a different day depending on what sect, mosque or region where the devotee is standing.
So there are either 354 or 355 day in the Islamic year, the day that Eid falls on in the Gregorian calendar changes yearly.
Why are Muslims commemorating?
Muslims have been fasting and going without food and water from dawn to sunset for this entire Ramadan month, as the days are longer during the summer, Muslims in the UK fast for 19 hours a day.
Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is amongst 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 which is also known as Eid.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid?
Traditionally, it is celebrated for three days and it is also a national holiday in Muslim countries, in India also the day of the Eid al-Fitr is touted as the gazetted holiday. In the UK most people be inclined to celebrate for a day so the citizen of the country takes off from their college, work, and school.
Like with most holidays, people rejoice the festival by in a different way, but all Muslims will gather together at the mosque for a prayer surely in the morning and then spend the day with friends and family.
It is the first day for a month where food can be eaten during daylight hours, so Eid is marked as the celebrations of the festival with full joyous globally.
What is the difference in Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha?
The world celebrates 2 Eids every year, Eid-al-Fitr translates to “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the month of Ramadan, whereas Eid-al-Adha, which takes place two months later, this festival which coincides with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
The phrase normally used by Muslims is “Eid Mubarak”, which is Arabic for blessed Eid.
Those who are celebrating will greet each other and practices of saying this phrase throughout the day.
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