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What is Eid?
Eid is a short name for two different major Islamic festivals that occur at different times—Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
Both are commonly referred to as Eid for short, and the greeting Eid Mubarak (roughly meaning “Happy Eid” or “Blessed Eid”) can be used for both.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which many Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset each day.
Eid al-fitr begins the day after Ramadan ends. Its name means “festival of the breaking of the fast.” It is traditionally marked with a special meal—which for many Muslims is the first daytime meal they’ve eaten in a month.
Along with the Eid al-Fitr feast, many Muslims observe the day by getting dressed up, decorating their homes, gathering with family and friends, attending services at their mosque, and making charitable donations.
Eid al-Fitr is sometimes spelled Eid-ul-Fitr.
Eid al-Adha is a four-day festival that commemorates the story of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael (Ishmael) when Allah commanded him to. When Ibrahim showed that he would obey, Allah provided a sheep for Ibrahim to sacrifice instead.
For this reason, Eid al-Adha traditionally involves sacrificing a sheep or goat. The meat is then divided among family, friends, and those in need.
Many Muslims observe the festival by dressing up, attending services at their mosque, gathering with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and making charitable donations.
Eid al-Adha occurs on the last day of Hajj, a pilgrimage that Muslims are obligated to undertake once in their lives.
Eid al-Adha can also be spelled ʾId al-Adha or Eid-ul-Adha. It is sometimes called Big Eid, the Festival of Sacrifice, and the Great Festival.
When is Eid?
The two different festivals sometimes referred to as Eid occur at different times of the year. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the dates of these feasts vary from year to year.
In 2023, Eid al-Fitr will be observed on April 22 (officially beginning on the evening of April 21). In 2024, it will officially begin on the evening of April 9 and be observed on April 10.
Eid al-Fitr takes place every year on the day after Ramadan ends, which is the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.
In 2023, Eid al-Adha will begin on the evening of June 29 and end on the evening of July 2. In 2024, Eid al-Adha will begin on the evening of June 17 and end on the evening of June 20.
Eid al-Adha always begins on the tenth day of Dhu ʾl-hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar.
More information and context on Eid
The first records of the word Eid come from around the 1600s. Eid comes from the Arabic ʿīd, meaning “festival, feast,” from the Aramaic ʿed, meaning “day of assembly,” “feast day,” or “festival.”
The name Eid al-Fitr comes from the Arabic ʿīd al-fiṭr, which means “festival of the breaking of the fast.”
The name Eid al-Adha comes from the Arabic ʿīd al-aḍḥā, meaning “festival of sacrifice.”
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How is Eid discussed in real life?
Eid can refer to either Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha. The greeting Eid Mubarak can be used for both.
<353> This Eid should make us think about the philosophy of sacrifice. We should sacrifice our narrow personal interests, inflated egos & biases for the greater public good. When most people make such sacrifices we emerge as a stronger, responsible & caring society. Eid Mubarak. pic.twitter.com/ywgoux4HYZ
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) August 1, 2020
Why am I looking for eid outfits now
— Ēkkż🇧🇩🥷🏽 (@Ekkz_24) February 16, 2021
For the fourth year running, black Muslims are sharing photos of themselves celebrating Eid with #BlackoutEid https://t.co/dDHLtQ14Ej
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 26, 2020
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Yet to be practical, Eid notes, a 5G-energy harvester should work from anywhere within a 5G cell and no matter which way the receiver is pointing.New device gets power from 5G signals grabbed from the air|Kathryn Hulick|May 17, 2021|Science News For Students
Finding a way to power the Internet of Things without batteries would be good for the environment, says Eid.New device gets power from 5G signals grabbed from the air|Kathryn Hulick|May 17, 2021|Science News For Students
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In fact, one the most sacred holiday for Muslims is the sacrifice of Abraham, known as Eid al-Adha.Why Muslims Love Jesus Too|Dean Obeidallah|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“To my knowledge, there was no formal consultation done with the tribes on this policy,” says Eid.
Eid, who teaches Indian law at two law schools and works as an attorney himself, had no idea that it was coming.
“My daughter and her husband are still there and I want to celebrate Eid with her,” he responded fatalistically.Why Does the Free Syrian Army Hate Us?|Jamie Dettmer|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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Thorkell turns straightway westward without going to meet Eid, nor halted he till he came to Sælingsdale Tongue.Laxdla Saga|Anonymous
In commemoration of the sad event, Eid Mehemmed had bread baked here also, which he shared amongst us.Travels in Central Asia|Arminius Vmbry
The answer, "Mein eid" (my oath), and "Meineid" (perjury), every one knows.The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood|Georg Ebers
When the funeral ceremonies were over Eid Mehemmed baked bread on that place and distributed it among us.rminius Vambry, his life and adventures|rminius Vambry
He had killed the son of Eid of Ass, the son of Skeggi, and been outlawed for it.Grettir The Strong|Unknown