Eid al-Fitr 2017: Everything you need to know

The three-day Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

    Each country has their own way of celebrating Eid al-fitr, from attending prayers to visiting friends and family [Darren Whiteside/Reuters]
    Each country has their own way of celebrating Eid al-fitr, from attending prayers to visiting friends and family [Darren Whiteside/Reuters]

    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 weekend. Depending on the sighting of the moon, Eid will either start on Sunday June 25 or Monday June 26. 

    What is Eid al-Fitr? 

    Eid al-Fitr means "festival of breaking the fast" and marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. It is celebrate for three days, and on the morning of the first day, Muslims gather for prayer. 

    Eid is also infused with different traditions in different countries. Most people use the three days of Eid for visitations. Other traditions include the Eidiyah, money given to kids on Eid and wearing new clothes. 

    When does Eid al-Fitr begin? 

    It begins with the first sighting of the new moon, so most of the time Muslims have to wait until the night before Eid to verify its date. The starting day varies every year and from country to country depending on geographical location. 

    How do people celebrate?

    Eid traditionally start with prayers followed by a short sermon. In some countries the prayers take place outside, while others are hosted in mosques or large halls. After the prayers, Muslims wish thoe around them a happy Eid. People then visit relatives, friends and sometimes graveyards to pray for their dead.

    Many people wear traditional clothes, give gifts or money to children, and donate to charity. In some countries, the holiday is known as Sweet Eid for its variety of sweets.

    How do people dress for Eid?

    An important marker of Eid is the clothes. Some would wear clothes from their culture, while others would pick out something new to wear. 

    This year, social media users were already fretting over Eid clothes mid-way through Ramadan. A few Muslim-owned businesses started trading free Eid outfits for retweets.

    What are the common Eid greetings?

    The most popular greeting is Eid mubarak (Blessed Eid) or Eid sa'id (Happy Eid). Eid greeting also vary depending on the country and language. For instance, in Indonesia Eid is called Lebaran, so Indonesians would say, "Selamat Lebaran" which means Happy Eid. Other variations of Happy Eid are “Mutlu Bayramlar” in Turkish and “Barka da Sallah” in Hausa, a Nigerian language.

    What do people eat for Eid?

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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