Quick Facts

- Eid Al-Fitr means "festival of breaking the fast"

- It is an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries

- It marks an end to the fasting month of Ramadan

Muslims around the world will celebrate the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival this week.

It is expected to start on July 6 in most parts of the world but is subject to the sighting of the moon on July 4.

What is Eid al-Fitr? 

Eid al-Fitr means "festival of breaking the fast" and marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Traditionally, it is celebrated for three days and is an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries. 

When does Eid al-Fitr begin? 

It begins with the first sighting of the new moon. The starting day varies every year and from country to country depending on geographical location.

What are the common Eid greetings?

The most popular greeting is Eid Mubarak (Blessed Eid) or Eid Said (Happy Eid) but the greetings vary from country to country.

How do people celebrate?

Eid traditionally start with prayers. People then visit relatives and sometimes graveyards.  

Many people wear traditional clothes, give gifts to children, and donate money to charity.

In some countries, the holiday is known as Sweet Eid for its variety of sweets.

Source: Al Jazeera