As Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims all over the world prepare to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr (also known as Eid al-Fitr).
What is Eid ul-Fitr?
Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of a month of fasting from dawn to sunset. Eid ul-Fitr is the earlier of the two official holidays celebrated within Islam, the other being Eid al-Adha (or Eid ul-Adha). Eid means ‘celebration’ or ‘festival’ and is a prestigious word in Islam, it refers to a time of joyous celebration.
When is Eid ul-Fitr?
Eid ul-Fitr takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar. This year Eid ul-Fitr will probably fall on Friday, April 21st.
Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr is important because it follows one of the most sacred months of all: Ramadan. The Eid celebrations begin the morning after the new moon has been sighted. People wake up early and begin the day with greeting the family and performing Salah (prayers).
People often dress in new clothes to get ready for the day ahead. After this it’s time to sit down with family and friends for a shared breakfast. Eid Salah is then performed in congregation. The rest of the day is spent visiting family and friends and celebrating. The phrase “Eid Mubarak” is used to wish each other a blessed Eid.
A popular tradition: Secret Eid gift exchange
A popular way to add extra joy to the celebration of the end of Ramadan is to draw names for a Secret Eid gift exchange.
Secret Eid gift exchange rules
Celebrate Eid with family and friends, and give each other gifts. Invite as many friends and family members as you want, the more the merrier. This is how it works:
- Click on the Start drawing names button below and enter the names of the people you want to invite.
- Set your exclusions: who shouldn’t draw who for Secret Eid?
- Set a budget and date for your Secret Eid gift exchange.
Start drawing names
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