Eid al-Fitri is one of the most important holidays celebrated by Muslims all over the world, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and the beginning of the month of Shawwal.
|2019||4 Jun to 6 Jun||Tue to Thu||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|2020||23 May to 26 May||Sat to Tue||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
Eid al-Fitri is a day when fasting is prohibited, for it is to be a time of feasting and rejoicing over completing Ramadan. The exact date of Eid al-Fitri in Saudi Arabia is declared by national authorities upon the sighting of the new moon. Many other countries also follow the date declared by Saudi Arabia’s authorities.
In Saudi Arabia, Eid al-Fitri begins with a small breakfast of something sweet, often dates. Next, Eid prayers are attended, and back at home, families feast on sweet dishes and give out gifts to children. It is also customary to put on perfume or cologne, don new clothes, and greet one another with “Eid Mubarak!” (Blessed Eid!) or “Eid Said!” (Happy Eid!).
The main traditions of Eid al-Fitri are to gather at mosques for communal prayers and sermons and to give zakat that is most often given in the form of food to the poor.