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Eid-ul-Fitr

/ (ˈiːdʊlˌfiːtə) /
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an annual Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan, involving the exchange of gifts and a festive meal

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Word Origin for Eid-ul-Fitr

from Arabic id ul fitr festival of fast-breaking
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What is Eid-ul-Fitr?

Eid-ul-Fitr is a major Islamic holiday that 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-ul-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-ul-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-ul-Fitr is sometimes spelled Eid al-Fitr. It is often referred to simply as Eid. However, Eid can also refer to another festival, Eid-ul-Adha, which happens at a different time.

One traditional greeting for Eid-ul-Fitr is Eid Mubarak, roughly meaning “Happy Eid” or “Blessed Eid.”

When is Eid-ul-Fitr?

In 2021, Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed on May 13 (officially beginning on the evening of May 12). In 2022, it will officially begin on the evening of May 2 and be observed on May 3.

Eid-ul-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. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the date on which it is observed varies from year to year.

More information and context on Eid-ul-Fitr

The name Eid-ul-Fitr comes from the Arabic ʿīd al-fiṭr, which means “festival of the breaking of the fast.” The word Eid means “festival” or “feast.” The first records of the name Eid-ul-Fitr used in English come from the 1700s.

Muslims believes that Eid-ul-Fitr was established by the Prophet Muhammad.

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How is Eid-ul-Fitr discussed in real life?

Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the major holidays in Islam. It is known for being the day on which Muslims end the fasting that takes place during the month of Ramadan.

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Eid-ul-Fitr takes place during Ramadan.

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