Eid Ul-fitr

Common greetings during this holiday are the Arabic greeting EĪd mubārak (“Blessed Eid”) or ‘Īd sa‘īd (“Happy Eid”). In addition, many countries have their own greetings based on local language and traditions.

Typically, Muslims will wake up early in the morning and have a small breakfast. Muslims are encouraged to dress in their best clothes (new if possible) and to attend a special Eid prayer that is performed in congregation at mosques or open areas like fields, squares etc. When Muslims finish their fast at the last day (29th or 30th Ramadaan), they recite Takbir:

Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar,

الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر

laa ilaaha illAllaah

لا إله إلا الله

Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar

الله أكبر الله أكبر

wa li-illaahil-hamd

ولله الحمد

God is the Greatest, God is the Greatest, God is the Greatest,

There is no deity but God

God is the Greatest, God is the Greatest

and to God goes all praise

Although Eid ul-Fitr is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Islamic calendar is a lunar one and the Gregorian calendar is a solar one. This difference in calendars means Eid ul-Fitr moves in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days earlier every year. Eid may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not. The future dates are estimated at:

Eid ul-Fitr begins the night before each of the above dates, at sunset.

To all of my blog readers of Muslim faith: EĪd mubārak!


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