Eid al-Fitr Date in the current year: July 7, 2016

Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr is one of the two official holidays in Islam. It is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and marks the end of the month-long fast observed during the month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) is an extremely important religious festival observed by Muslims worldwide. It the former of the two Eid holidays in Islam, the latter being Eid al-Adha, therefore is is also referred to as the Lesser Eid.

On this day, a particular prayer is performed. Before offering Salat al-Eid (the Eid prayers) Muslims are expected to perform the practices of zakat and fitra. The festival can be celebrated for one, two or three days depending on the local customs in a particular region. It is forbidden to fast on this day.

On the Day of Eid, Muslims are expected to give as much charity as possible, greet one another and show happiness. Common greetings during Eid al-Fitr are “Blessed Eid” (Eid Mubarak) and “Happy Eid” (Eid Sa'id). Some countries also have greetings in the local language. People are encouraged to forget animosities and forgive one another for what they may have done during the year.

Eid al-Fitr is an official public holidays in many countries in South and Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia. It is also widely celebrated in American and European countries which have large Muslim communities.

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