Explainer: What is Eid al-Fitr and why is it important?

Explainer: What is Eid al-Fitr and why is it important?

Today, June 5, our Muslim brothers and sisters are observing the Eid al-Fitr or Eid’l Fitr.

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KAMI learned from Al Jazeera that Muslims celebrate Eid’l Fitr by holding prayer services and donating to charity. The Eid celebrations either start on June 4 or June 5, depending on the moon sighting.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Translated from Arabic, it means “festival of breaking the fast.” This important holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month-long of deep reflection and fasting.

How to know the start of Eid?

The Eid al-Fitr starts with the first sighting of the new moon. The Eid depends on the lunar calendar. Therefore, it falls on a different date on the Gregorian calendar.

The Judicial High Court decides of Eid al-Fitr has arrived. Once verified, it will be declared on televisions, radio stations, and mosques.

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How is Eid al-Fitr celebrated?

Muslims start the Eid by participating in communal dawn prayers and listening to a short sermon. People usually greet each other after their Eid prayers while heading home.

They spend the day visiting their relatives and neighbors. Muslims also practice “zakat” or the giving of alms to the poor.

What are the usual Eid greetings?

The popular greeting during this holiday is “Eid Mubarak” which means "Blessed Eid" or “Eid sa’id” that translates to "Happy Eid."

May Allah’s blessings be with you always. Eid Mubarak!

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