What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is an Islamic holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting.
When is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr (Eid) begins as soon as the crescent of the new moon appears in the sky. The exact date is determined by astronomical calculation and varies per location, or is based on actual observation of the moon – then Eid is celebrated the next day. In 2021, Eid will probably fall on Thursday, May 13th.
The Eid celebration begins early in the morning. People dress in their most festive outfits to attend prayers at the mosque. There they pray and congratulate each other on the end of Ramadan, greeting one another with “Eid Mubarak” (blessed celebration).
After the service, the celebration really gets started and relatives gather together, bringing special food with them. Cookies and sweets are an important part of the festivities and children receive money or gifts.
A new tradition – drawing names for Eid
A great way to add an extra touch to celebrating the end of Ramadan is to draw names for a gift exchange, also called a Secret Eid. Many people are already familiar with drawing names for Secret Santa, where people surprise each other with gifts. Secret Eid uses the same idea, but is celebrated during Eid.
Secret Eid rules
Do you always celebrate Eid with your whole family? No problem – lots of people can draw names! Just go to Drawnames.com and follow these rules below:
1. Click on “Start drawing names” and fill in the names of the people who are participating in Secret Eid.
2. Set exclusions: which people should not draw each other’s names?
3. Fill in the group’s details, such as a price limit for gifts and a message to the group. Then the names can be drawn!
Start drawing names
Celebrating Eid from a distance
The current situation makes it difficult to get together during Eid – but Drawnames.com can help! Now it’s possible to fill in a mailing address when you draw names, so you can send your Secret Eid gift by mail!