On June 5th 2019, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims all over the world to mark the end of Ramadan. An official moon-sighting committee decides the dates of Ramadan every year. The committee is chaired by the Minister of Justice in the UAE, and declares the sighting of the Crescent Moon, initiating Ramadan. Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. Here’s everything you need to know about the holy festival.
- Eid al-Fitr and Ramadan are held on different days every year. This is because it depends on the lunar cycle.
- Typically, the festival of Eid lasts for three days.
- Eid al-Fitr literally translates to “Festival of breaking of the fast” or “Feast of Fast-Breaking”
- Not just food, Muslims abstain for liquid, sex, smoking, and even avoid saying bad words or anything bad at all.
- Eid al-Fitr begins at the first sighting of the new moon. Which means in different places, Eid is celebrated at different times and sometimes even on different days. In order to make it uniform, now days, Eid is celebrated as the new moon appears over Mecca.
- The morning of Eid, Muslims bathe and cleanse themselves in a ritual called Ghusl, dress in fancy new clothing and apply henna on their palms in intricate designs. They follow all this with prayers.
- Eidi is the gifts that Muslims receive and give each other on Eid. These gifts could be money, accessories, home goods, or flowers and are usually given to those younger than you.