We hope all those who celebrated had a peaceful and happy Ramadan, and are now having a joyous Eid!
The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr is a religious festival that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-dusk fasting of Ramadan. The start of Eid varies each year as it traditionally begins the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon.
Fast Facts About Eid al-Fitr
- Eid is celebrated about 10 days earlier each year, as Islam follows the lunar calendar, which is shorter than the Gregorian calendar followed in the U.S.
- Muslims celebrate two Eid’s every year. Eid al-Adha celebrates the story of Abraham and his son Ishmael.
- Eid al-Fitr (occurring today) celebrates the end of a successful fasting period during Ramadan.
- For many Muslims, Eid al-Fitr will be the first time in a month eating breakfast and lunch at traditional times.
- Eid al-Fitr lasts three days and is commemorated with a morning Eid prayer at the mosque.
- Following the prayer, different cultures celebrate with different Eid traditions, although many participate in gift-giving, dressing up, and sharing a family meal.
- Muslims generally wish each other a happy Eid by repeating “Eid Mubarak” meaning have a blessed Eid.
- One of the five pillars of Islam is zakkat, or giving money to those in need. Prior to Eid al-Fitr, Muslims give to charity so those less fortunate can celebrate Eid too.
The AE Team wishes everyone who celebrates a wonderful Eid. May the reasons to make your life more beautiful be bountiful and the joy of Eid be multiplied a thousand times to stay with you always. Eid Mubarak!
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